Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis says his team will continue to spend to the cap next season when the NHL’s salary cap is projected to increase to approximately $71 million.
“It’s always nice to have more money,” Gillis told NHL.com. “It doesn’t matter what you are, it’s nice to have more money. It gives us more flexibility to try to continue to compete for a Stanley Cup, and that’s always our objective.
“Whatever the number is we’re going to try our best to spend those assets properly and effectively. We’re always going to be a cap team in Vancouver.”
The salary cap this season was set at $64.3 million—an increase of $6.7 million. It will give the Canucks much needed space to re-sign forward Mike Santorelli, who earning a paltry $550,000 this season. Defenceman Chris Tanev is expected to get a raise as well from the $1.5 million he is earning this season.
There was reportedly some reluctance from Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini to buyout defenceman Keith Ballard this offseason leading some fans to at least wonder if Aquilini is watching his pocketbook.