Representatives from 30 NHL franchises will meet Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss significant issues concerning the future of North American professional hockey. On the docket are the 2016 salary cap, 3-on-3 overtime, and league expansion. Follow along here for live updates and commentary:
NHL, NHLPA announce salary cap of $71.4 million for next season. So as expected pretty much.— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 23, 2015
This cap figure represents a 5% increase over 2014-15's number, which was more or less what everyone expected. Most importantly, we also now know the Colorado Avalanche will have $13.4M to spend next season, which will a strong consideration as the Joe Sakic tries to extend current contracts and navigate the free agency market.
NHL salary cap for next year will be $71.4-million. Floor will be $52.8-million. So full escalator was used.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) June 23, 2015
The cap floor is also something for the Avs to consider, as there will be teams looking to take on contracts just to reach the floor.
Pending B of G approval, NHL will go to 3-on-3 overtime for 5 minutes in regular season games next season.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 24, 2015
This is big news. Details to come...
For those asking, no 4-on-4 OT at all. Right to 3-on-3. 5 minutes sudden death. No goal, it goes to shootout.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 24, 2015
And here come details. No 4-on-4 at all. OT goes straight to 3-on-3 next year. McKenzie reports NHLPA was "adamantly opposed" to the AHL model proposed last year.
Speaking of 3on3, NHL may consider - nothing firm yet by any means - re-formatted NHL All-Star Game that could be multi-team 3-on-3 tourney.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 24, 2015
Speaking of 3-on-3, this sounds like a bunch of fun too. Anything to mix-up the current All-Star game format should be welcomed with a parade.
Coaches' challenge on goalie interference/offside goals - with on ice officials reviewing own work at p box monitor - coming, pending B of G— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 24, 2015
This I'm less excited about for time reasons. On-field/court challenges have been my biggest gripe about other sports.
No one is going to complain about this! Home opener vs. emerging rival Minnesota Wild.
And now we're one step closer.