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NHL salary cap to be $79.5 million for 2018-19 season

That’s a big jump from last season’s $75 million ceiling.

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game One Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced Thursday that the salary cap limit will be $79.5 million for the upcoming 2018-19 season. The lower limit will be $58.8 million.

The Blackhawks currently have $70.274 million — with salary cap overage from this past season’s team performance bonuses — committed to nine forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders, according to CapFriendly. Chicago was at $68.72 million entering the offseason before signing forwards Vinnie Hinostroza and John Hayden to two-year extensions.

The Hawks’ $70.274 million figure does include Marian Hossa, whose contract remains on the books until the Hawks can place him on long-term injured reserve on the first day of the 2018-19 season, like they did in 2017. Hossa told Slovakia newspaper Novy cas earlier this month his playing days are over due to a progressive skin disorder caused by his hockey equipment. Or the Hawks could trade him, which a source tells Jay Zawaski of 670 the Score is a “top priority” this summer.

Bowman said during the team’s locker room clean out day that re-signing the Hawks’ young restricted free agents is also an offseason priority. Restricted free agent forwards Anthony Duclair and Tomas Jurco remain unsigned.