What you need to know about the NHL’s free agent class

The NHL is finally on the brink of releasing its free agent free-agent classes, which will help determine the final rosters for next season.

The 2018-19 season marks the first time since the NHL began keeping track in 1983 that the salary cap has increased.

However, the cap remains at $70 million for the first four years of the current deal.

There are several changes from last year, when there were eight players with no contract extensions in the league, including defenseman Dan Boyle, goaltender Anders Lindback, forwards Adam Cracknell, Tyler Kennedy, Jake Virtanen and Matt Hunwick, defensemen Travis Sanheim, Jordan Leopold, Adam Erne and Matt Greene, and forward Matt Greene.

There were no contracts for forwards Andrew Ference, Travis Sanjean, David Perron, J.T. Miller, Brett Pollock, Adam Lowry, Dylan Larkin, Mark Scheifele, Andrew Fergus, Jacob Trouba, Alex Chiasson, Connor Carrick, Brett Ritchie, Jussi Jokinen, Mark Pysyk, Ryan Murphy, Travis Hamonic, Connor Brown, Colin Campbell, Adam Larsson, Alex Pietrangelo and Alex Edler.

It’s the first free-agency class that hasn’t included a goalie, which was a surprise for some.

There was also no contract extension for defenseman Josh Gorges, who was expected to receive a contract extension from the Montreal Canadiens in January.

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