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Dater’s Daily: Phil Kessel Signs With Vegas, NHL Salary Cap Going Way Up In Two Years?



Phil Kessel

Happy Thursday to all. Sunny, not a cloud in the sky here in Thornton as I type, temperatures tolerable. Let’s do some around-the-horn hockey notes, starting with one on Phil Kessel:

  • The veteran winger signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Vegas Golden Knights. Our Owen Krepps has all the details here (Vegas Hockey Now)
  • Kessel needs to play only eight more consecutive games to break Keith Yandle’s all-time NHL record of 980. I think this could be a nice signing for Vegas, but Phil The Thrill has seen better days.
  • The Robo Penguins logo is back? It appears a Fanatics leak may have let the cat out of the bag. Pittsburgh Penguins retro jersey.
  • NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly is confident the NHL salary cap will go WAY up after the 2023-24 season (Sportsnet)
  • The cap, if it indeed goes way up in two years, no doubt will play a factor in the Nathan MacKinnon extension negotiations with the Avalanche. Don’t base what MacKinnon can make (after this coming season) on this current cap. Base it on what the cap is expected to be in two years. I won’t at all be surprised if $15 million per is the ask on his next deal. Right now, I don’t think the sides are too close on a number.
  • A former Red Wing who was a big part of the Blood Feud rivalry accepted a coaching job in the KHL (Detroit Hockey Now)
  • Speaking of “Blood Feud”, my book on the rivalry just got discounted some in price on Amazon
  • Nashville will host next year’s draft (Sportsnet)
  • Denver still has never hosted an NHL draft, which I find bizarre.
  • Nazem Kadri is looking forward to participating in the Battle of Alberta – especially against Evander Kane one would assume (Calgary Hockey Now)
  • Former DU coach Jim Montgomery laid out his vision of how he wants his Boston Bruins to play this season (Boston Hockey Now)
  • Ryan Ellis being banged up was part of the storyline last season for the Philadelphia Flyers, unfortunately, and now it looks like he’s not going to be ready to start next season.

Have a pleasant day, my loyal readers.

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Charlie Anderson

So AD you think Mackinnon and the FO are pretty far apart entering the final season of his current contract? That’s a little scary.

Peter North

Dbag Paulie singed by Carolina for same terms…thank God!

Matt Briggle

I can’t imagine that MacK would demand a contract that would handcuff the team for a year in the middle of his Cup window. If he does, that would likely mean that Byram and Newhook would basically have to play on their qualifying offers for a year or two before they get paid what they’re worth and they would rightfully expect some back pay for the year or two of basically entry level salary. I listened to that interview with Daley and he did not dismiss the idea that a significant cap increase could still be 3 years away as… Read more »

Peter North

He seems reasonable. Hopefully not the same agent and ultragreedy 96.

Jared Moss

I’ve said it before… 15mil if that’s the case.. trade for the world, I love mack but you just can’t do that deal, imagine the return

Al Rittenhouse

Im not sure as none of us really are what Mac is thinking salary wise. While its pure speculation I have heard sports talk people mention that Mac is not wanting to blow up the team for his salary. I have no idea if thats true or not. But I wonder if his close friendship with SC might have effect on what he does. SC took less from what I know to stay where he is.


I still feel the team, and MacKinnon’s camp, should wait until that ceiling is announced. It would be foolish to negotiate a contract of this significance based on a speculation. My hope for Nate’s deal right now should be based on the ceiling rising to $83.5m for 23-24. Entonces…his current deal plus EJ’s money plus the $1m cap rise, $6.3m + $6m + $1m = $13.3m AAV. The team could afford that AND it is more than McJesus makes. I love MacKinnon, don’t get me wrong here. But I also want to see players like Byram and Toews stick around… Read more »

Marie Roberts

I can’t help but think EJ’S contract that ends after this upcoming season those funds will be part of Mack’s contract. . I do remember what a hassle Landeskog contract seemed to drag on longer than Sakic planned,, I don’t think they want the same for Mack. My opinion the Avs had an idea that was the reason why Kadri wasn’t re-signed. Hopefully Mack’s contract won’t drag out into free agency. Any thoughts AD?

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