GMs Peter Chiarencik and John Hales have addressed the state of the salary cap in light of the NHL’s recent move to eliminate the cap.
Chiarecki said he expects the salary-cap situation to remain fluid in the coming months, though he said the team is confident in the direction it is headed.
“I think there’s a lot of interest from players, owners and others that this is a time for us to continue to build a team that has the capability to compete at the level that we want to compete and I think we have that capability,” Chiarecik said Friday on NHL Network.
Chiarello also said that he expects a lot from the young players the team will bring in during the next few weeks. “
So, I think there are a lot more conversations around the league and I’m confident in what we’ve done, the investments that we’ve made, and I can’t wait to get back to work and work on our guys.”
Chiarello also said that he expects a lot from the young players the team will bring in during the next few weeks.
“There’s going to be a lot that will come through, a lot, a couple of guys that I’ve been watching that I think have been working very hard,” Chiarescik explained.
“You look at the last two or three weeks and I feel very good about our group and I want to see them succeed and we’re very excited about the young guys that we have in our group.”
Chiareslli said the cap situation could be the next big thing to watch for the NHL.
“What’s the next thing that’s going on?
Is there going to come a point where we don’t have the cap?
Or is it going to happen at some point where the cap is not going to allow us to compete in the marketplace?”
Chiarellos comments came as a surprise to many, especially given that the team was on track to make its first full season in the NHL last season.
In the offseason, the team announced that it had eliminated its $1.9 billion salary cap for the first time since the 1995-96 season, but the team also made some changes to the way the cap works.
Chiaresi said that the salary structure is not set in stone and that the GMs is aware of the possibility of cap changes moving forward.
“Obviously I’m aware of it, I’ve spoken to the GM and I know that the players understand it,” Chiariksaid.
We have to win the games and if we don, it’s not going away.” “
We’re not going there just to play for the money.
We have to win the games and if we don, it’s not going away.”
Chiamescksays that the cap structure will remain a part of the franchise moving forward, though it’s unclear if that means the team can expect to be under the cap in the next two or more seasons.
Chiaricks statement did not address whether the team has contingency plans in place for the salary scale, although he did state that the organization is in “a very good position.”
“We’re going into the summer with a very good team,” Chiarencksaid of the current cap situation.
“And I think the cap room is going to continue increasing, the salary will continue increasing and the cap will continue to increase and I don’t think there will be any issues in the future.”
Chiarenki said that in the end, the most important thing is the players on the ice.
“As far as the salary, if you’re in a position to be able to sign a good player and you’re making money off of them, I don-the players will be happy,” Chiarelksaid, who is also the GM of the Buffalo Sabres, added.
“If you’re not, I’ll be the first to tell you that it doesn’t matter how good the players are, how good they are, the cap can’t get higher.”
Chiaricksaid said that even though the team made a significant amount of cap space last season, he still felt that the Sabres had a good chance to contend in the upcoming season.
“They’ve got a lot to work on in terms of building this team and their chemistry is going and they’re going,” Chiarlinksaid said.
“Their leadership is going in the right direction.
I think they have a very, very good opportunity to contend, I have no doubt about that.””
The cap room can go up.
I think they have a very, very good opportunity to contend, I have no doubt about that.”