Gary Bettman says NHL revenue record high, plus signing news

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Gary Bettman gave his state of the NHL address prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. After dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commissioner said that things were starting to feel “normal” again.

Based on the league projected $5.2 Billion in revenue, I’d say it was way better than normal.

“Our revenues this season will be a record-high and within two, possibly creeping into three years we are anticipating resuming the more regular increases that the people had been growing to expect from the salary cap,” Bettman revealed.

NHL news and notes

Other key takeaways from Bettman’s address are as follows:

  • 2022-23 Opening Night scheduled for October 11
  • Global Series Event in Prague (October 7-8)
  • 2023 Winter Classic at Fenway Park in Boston (Penguins vs Bruins January 2)
  • NHL All-Star Weekend at FLA Live Arena (February 3-4)
  • NHL Stadium Series at Carter-Finley Stadium in North Carolina (February 18)

NHL Signings

Ottawa Senators sign Dyan Gambrell

Dylan Gambrell signed a one-year deal for $950,000 deal with the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

Gambrell, 25, had 7 points in 63 games for Ottawa this past season. Ottawa traded a 2022 seventh-round pick to the San Jose Sharks to acquire him.

“Dylan’s versatility is one of his greatest strengths,” GM Pierre Dorion said. “He quickly earned the trust of our coaching staff as an effective penalty killer who could be relied upon in any situation from the center position.”

Columbus Blue Jackets sign Daniil Tarasov

The Columbus Blue Jackets and highly touted goalie prospect Daniil Tarasov agree to a three-year extension worth $3.15 million on Wednesday.

Tarasov, 23, made his NHL debut last season (12/2/21) and appeared in four games. He also set a Jackets record for most saves by a goalie in their first start with 34. Columbus lost that game 3-2 to the Dallas Stars.

“Daniil is a big, athletic goaltender who exhibits great poise and calmness in net,” GM Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement “We were very impressed with his play last season before he was injured and are excited to see him continue to develop and grow in the years ahead.”

The young netminder was 0-2-0 with a 2.40 GAA and a .937 SV%.

Tarasov is currently third on the Blue Jackets depth chart behind Elvis Merzlikins and Joonas Korpisalo. The latter has been subject of trade talks for the last two seasons.