Connor McDavid's Injury is a Nightmare for the Oilers Salary Caps

Published October 23, 2023 at 11:55

A Rocky Start for the Edmonton Oilers


The Edmonton Oilers have had a less-than-ideal start to their season, disappointing both management and their passionate fanbase. The expectations were high, but unfortunate circumstances have set them back.

The situation took a bad turn when Connor McDavid sustained an injury, causing him to miss the final minutes of their last game, including overtime.

"Woodcroft on Mcdavid. «It appeared to be muscular... just to me as i watched during the play. we'll see. I'll have more information tomorrow."

He added he hasn't spoke to trainers yet.

A 1-3–1 start and potential McDavid injury. Couldn't imagine a worse start for the Oilers."

Edmonton announced that their captain would be sidelined for one to two weeks, which unfortunately includes the Heritage Classic against the Flames next weekend.

"Connor McDavid suffered an upper body injury during last night's game vs. the Jets & is expected to be out of the #Oilers lineup for one to two weeks."

McDavid's Injury Puts the Oilers in a Bad Spot


Losing McDavid is a nightmare scenario for the Oilers. Not only have they lost their top player and team captain for a significant period, but the salary cap constraints make matters even more challenging.

The team is currently struggling with the salary cap limits, and McDavid's injury duration doesn't qualify him for LTIR (Long-Term Injured Reserve), which requires missing at least 10 games before a return. This means the Oilers can't free up McDavid's salary to call up players from the AHL.

Presently, they have just 18 skaters and two goalies on their roster, which is the minimum requirement in the NHL. Consequently, the only way for roster adjustments is to send a player down to make room for a replacement.

"With McDavid's non-LTIR injury, the Oilers are carrying the bare minimum 18 skaters and two goaltenders. They have no cap space to call up anyone from the minors."

The Oilers can only hope for a speedy recovery for McDavid to steer their season back in the right direction.

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