NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has opened up about the salary cap issue and how it will affect teams this season, and his position on the new CBA that will be signed and ratified by the league’s players on Saturday.
The union has said it wants the salary-cap issue resolved before a new CTA is signed, but Bettman said Tuesday that it will be resolved by Friday or Saturday.
“It’s not a question of when,” Bettman told the Associated Press on Tuesday, after the NHL’s Board of Governors met for a four-hour meeting.
“There’s no time.
It’s a question is it going to happen or not.
It doesn’t matter to me what it is.
It is something that has to happen and we will get it done.”
Bettman also indicated that the salary caps were unlikely to be lowered for the 2015-16 season.
“I think what’s going to be determined is when are we going to get into a position where we’re not overspending on players, and what will be the impact of that on our revenues,” he said.
The NHL has a cap of $71.9 million, the lowest of any major North American sports league.
The league has been trying to improve the cap by limiting the number of international players and reducing the number that can be signed for less than $1 million.
The CBA was approved in December and took effect on January 1.
Bettman and his team are expected to sign a new deal on Saturday or Sunday.
“The goal is to have the salary system in place that gives us the flexibility to have players with the right to be signed,” Bettam said.
“So the more we can reduce the number who are signing, the better.”