Official NHL release: The fans are furious
BY MARCO MARCH 2, 2023 (8:40)
It's pretty clear that teams looking to acquire injured players who don't count against the cap in order to play them in the playoffs will be scrutinized very closely.
However, as noted by Frank Seravalli, the NHL memo does not take into account one very important factor. Teams with players currently on the long-term injured list (LTIR) can take the available payroll of those players to acquire others and thus activate the injured player(s) in the playoffs.
Take the Avalanche and Gabriel Landeskog for example. The forward earns 7 million per season and has not played all year. The team could theoretically trade for 7 million and activate their captain in the first game of the playoffs.
So if a team is mortgaged with injuries and acquires healthy players, that's okay. But if they acquire injured players who have a good chance of returning to play in the playoffs, it's not okay.
So there is always the possibility that a team will go over the salary cap during spring ball, which definitely doesn't solve the problem. To be continued...