NHL News: Salary cap going up, Olympic update, and Avs’ Nazem Kadri day-to-day

Day two of the NHL Board of Governors meetings had some interesting takeaways. The most important of all was the confirmation that the salary cap ceiling was going up for next season.

Here’s a quick recap of the commissioner had to say.

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NHL Board of Governors Notes

Commissioner Gary Bettman told the assembled media that the salary cap ceiling will indeed rise to $82.5 million in 2022-23. An increase of $1 million.

“Because we are still owed escrow (from the players) we’re still in the ‘flat cap’ era,” Bettman said. “So the cap, based on everything we know now will go up a million dollars.”

There’s also indication that the cap will rise to $83.5 for the 2023-24 campaign. A much larger increase won’t come until the 2024-25 season when the escrow owed by the players is expected to be paid.

Regarding the Olympics, there is certainly genuine concern but Bettman views it as ultimately the players’ decision.

“We (NHL) made a promise to the players to participate in the Olympics,” Bettman explains. “If the players want to go, subject to if our own season is in trouble because of COVID, not to go would be a joint decision with the Players’ Association. The players for the most part seem to be saying they want to go.”

Avs Nazem Kadri is day-to-day

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Nov 11, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (91) against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) as defenseman Tyler Myers (57) defends in the second period at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri will miss Friday night’s game against the visiting Detroit Red Wings with a lower-body injury.

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said the team’s leading scorer is day-to-day. A three-game homestand continues with contests against the Florida Panthers on Sunday and New York Rangers on Tuesday.

Kadri left Wednesday’s 7-3 win against the Rangers and did not return. He extended his points streak to five games with a goal and two assists.

Kadri, 31, has a team-high 34 points (11 goals, team-high 23 assists) in 22 games this season.

He has 459 points (202 goals, 257 assists) and 548 penalty minutes in 690 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs (2010-19) and Avalanche.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report