NHL News: Salary Cap, Waivers, Alex Ovechkin, Arber Xhekaj, and Evgeny Kuznetsov

Could the Salary Cap increase faster than anticipated?

Pierre LeBrun: “Gary Bettman after a 4-hour Board of Governors conference informs put together media here in New York City that the escrow balance likely will be settled at end of season by gamers. And if so, the income cap will leap this summer season by around $4M. But if not completely paid, cap increases simply $1M.

On waivers and clearing waivers

Cap Friendly: The Colorado Avalanche have actually positioned Lukas Sedlak on waivers.

Buffalo Sabres Anders Bjork has actually cleared waivers.

Alex Ovechkin is 2nd All-Time in multi-goal video games

Greg Harvey: “Alex Ovechkin had his 159th multi-goal video game in his profession, passing Brett Hull for second All-Time. He is just behind Wayne Gretzky (189).

He now has at least 20 profession points versus every NHL group besides the Golden Knights (6) & Kraken (4).”

An innovative label for Arber Xhekaj

Eric Engels: “Me to Xhekaj: You need to come up with a more creative nickname for ‘Slaf.’
Xhekaj: Working on it.
Me: What’s yours? ‘X?’
Xhekaj: Yeah, and some guys call me ‘Wifi’
Me: Oh?
Xhekaj: You know how a wifi password usually looks something like my last name?
Me: Now that’s creative!”

  • Eric Engels: “Should note, Xhekaj said Chris Wideman was the first to start doing this and the one who calls him “Wifi” one of the most.”

Evgeny Kuznetsov suspended

NHL Player Safety: Washington Capitals forward Evgeni Kuznetsov has actually been suspended for one for high-sticking Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kyle Burroughs.

Samantha Pell: Capitals coach Peter Laviolette on Kuznetsov’s high-stick: “Often times when you are in the battle like that, sometimes things are reactionary. I think it was accidental.”

Larry Brooks: “Slash to the face equals one game. Parros and his crew just don’t get it. But if the players are ok with this, and obviously they are, why would anyone else care?”

Tarik El-Bashir: Kuznetsov’s extra discipline.

“Kuznetsov has been suspended once (three games for off-ice conduct in 2019) and fined twice for on-ice transgressions…in 2017 for diving ($2,000) and last season for high-sticking Noel Acciari ($5,000).”

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