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Report: Multiple teams fear that salary cap will be less than $82M

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The salary cap for the 2019-20 NHL season could come in below the $83-million upper limit that was initially estimated.

The NHL and NHLPA are meeting Tuesday, and many teams reportedly told TSN's Bob McKenzie that they're concerned about the current forecast for the cap.

It's feared that the upper limit for next season will be less than $82 million, representing an increase of just over $2 million, according to McKenzie. The league and the union are expected to agree on a figure this week.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced in December that the salary cap was expected to rise by $3.5 million, which would have pushed the upper limit to $83 million from $79.5 million last season.

The Vegas Golden Knights have the most cap space committed for next season at $83.1 million, according to CapFriendly. However, that includes David Clarkson's $5.25-million cap hit in the final year of his contract, and Vegas can place him on long-term injured reserve.

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