Gary Bettman shares good news for Toronto Maple Leafs fans

Julien Trekker
June 9, 2024  (10:18)

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in a press conference.
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Gary Bettman shared good news for the Toronto Maple Leafs fans ahead of game one of the Stanley Cup Finals yesterday.

While most hockey fans have their eyes turned to the Stanley Cup Finals between the Edmonton Oilers and the Florida Panthers, a lot are eagerly waiting for the NHL Draft and free agency.
In Toronto, there will be a lot of work to do. They have key free agents to deal with and could be preparing big trades as we get gloser to the Draft.
Bettman shared news that will have an impact on the Leafs this summer yesterday in a press conference.
The commissioner announced the biggest raise in the salary cap since the pandemic. It'll go from $83.7 million to $88 million, giving teams an extra $4.3 million to give players.
"NHL salary cap will rise to $88 million next season"

Bettman opened up and explained the League's decision:
"It's great to see. I know the general managers and the teams are excited to have more flexibility, and it means that the revenues are as robust as we've been telling you all along."

"I predict that it will continue to go up,» the Commissioner said Saturday. Obviously, with the number of years we had with flat or modest increases, it was necessary to recapture how much was overpaid and how much the escrow built up during COVID, but I believe we're going to continue to see robust growth in the cap."
The Leafs have many options with that money: Max Domi, Tyler Bertuzzi, Joel Edmundson or Timothy Liljegren could get better deals if they decide to remain in Toronto. With Mitch Marner and John Tavares eligible to sign new deals on July 1st, as they enter the last year of their contracts, Treliving could also decide to sit on that money and wait to negotiate with his star players.
Do you trust Brad Treliving to make the right decisions for the Toronto Maple Leafs following Gary Bettman's announcement?