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Unpaid Dues: NHL Players Rack up Over Seventy Million Dollar Debt to Gary Bettman

Due to increased ad revenue, the NHL is boosting the wage cap, but fans and players are still concerned because the increase falls short of expectations.

A small $1 million cap hike is being considered by the league, with room for further modifications. Players must pay escrow, and because of their $70 million debt, this prevents cap increases.

How and why the NHL salary cap could still see a larger increase this offseason

Most likely it’ll bump just $1 million, but here’s why NHLPA exec director Marty Walsh won’t «close the door» on more.

Star players who wish to remain with their teams have difficulties because of the owners’ financial struggles, which also affects the fans. Gary Bettman hasn’t solved the problem of leadership.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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