Las Vegas–Today at the NHL’s Board of Governors meetings the subject matter of discussions was the 2018-19 salary cap expectations and that it could be between $78 to $82 million dollars.

Resident Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reported this news earlier today on his official Twitter Account.

This could be good news for Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee going forward. McPhee recently extended defenseman Brayden McNabb to a 4-year extension rated at $10 million over the next 4 seasons and an AAV of $2.5 million per year.

According to CapFriendly.com, the Vegas Golden Knights have forward’s James Neal, David Perron, and Jonathan Marchessault as the three major players on the roster who are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

Neal’s 2016-17 cap hit with the Vegas Golden Knights is $5 million, Perron’s is $3.75 million, while Marchessault’s is the lowest at $750k.

With the cap getting raised to a possible $3 to $7 million dollar increase for the next season, McPhee might want to start thinking about locking up Neal, Perron, and Marchessault to reasonable extensions.

The only two notables on the backend that are set to become are Luca Sbisa and Deryk Engelland who are both set to become UFA’s this July 1.

A major RFA player that McPhee would really need to consider about signing long-term when the window opens is William Karlsson. Karlsson is having himself a career season with the Vegas Golden Knights as he leads the team in goals with 14 and is currently tied in total of 25 with Marchessault.

Karlsson’s cap hit is $1 million so you can be sure that based on his career campaign with the Vegas Golden Knights that he’ll be looking for a payday increase ahead of the 2018-19 season.

In regards to RFA’s on the blueline both Colin Miller and Shea Theodore are the two that standout as they are set to be without a contract for the 2018-19 season.

Miller’s current contract with the Vegas Golden Knights is a $1 million, while Theodore’s is $863,333.

As LeBrun stats in on Twitter, that the NHLPA would not invoke their cap escalator inflater if the cap get’s approved at $78 million, however, if it goes to $82 million than the 2.5 kicker would be applied.

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