#3 How to stay under the salary cap
For what seems like the millionth straight summer, Brian MacLellan will be working with not a lot of money to spend. Thanks to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the league’s salary cap will remain flat at $81.5 million that it was set to last year. This means it will not go up or down.
This is bad news for the Caps but something they’re not new to. They’ve proven in the past that their additions have made them a competitive team. This offseason shouldn’t be any different and they’ve shown today that it all starts at the top with the hire of Laviolette.
“In general I think it is going to be tight. I think it is going to be hard for cap teams to create their lineup, to create depth in their lineup. There are going to be some tough decisions that are going to be made and we are going to do our best to make the right ones.”
How the Caps will work with a tight salary cap will be interesting but it is a challenge MacLellan is up for. The Caps will have just $10.4 million to work with.