Donnie & Dhali: Elliotte Friedman on what the Vancouver Canucks depend on and if the wage cap might be a little bit greater than anticipated.
** NHLRumors.com transcription
Rick Dhaliwal: “Too peaceful, Elliotte, in Vancouver. Come on, you got to stir the pot.
They’re still attempting to clear cap area. We’re informed they’re working the phones. Are you hearing anything on Vancouver?”
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Friedman: “Not today. I still believe there’s a lot to type of find out here, Rick. I do believe they are continuing, firstly, there conference in between the league and the gamers association where they’re going to speak about, I do believe the wage is going to turn up.
I believe everyone’s anticipating a $1 million however I do believe the gamers association and the league are going to talk. Look, they’re not going to touch their escow cap. The league understands it. The gamers understand it. But I have actually spoken with some individuals on both sides of his formula who think there is a bit more versatility due to the fact that income has actually been strong.
They believe that you might go to $1.5 million or perhaps even $2 million without screwing around the capacity for the future and getting this all settled. So I do believe there’s going to be a discussion on just how much more can they press it than a $1 million and can they exercise a contract to go to $1.5 or $2 million. And that might truly assist a few of these groups. So that’s something.
But I likewise do believe, are making calls. They’re seeing what’s out there, preparing however I don’t anticipate anything quickly.
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Not everyone yet is set with what they’re going to do.
I don’t think they’re going to do buyouts. I don’t believe that’s going to be their method however I still believe they’re gonna continue to see what’s out there trade sensible.”