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Golden Knights Bend Salary Cap Again By Placing Tomas Hertl on LTIR


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Dawson McKenzie
March 25, 2024  (11:49)
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Tomas Hertl playing for his previous team the San Jose Sharks
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The Las Vegas Golden Knights have just bent the NHL's salary cap again by placing Tomas Hertl on long-term injury in order to call up this key player for the end of the season.

The Vegas Golden Knights were under fire earlier this year after they placed Mark Stone on LTIR again prior to the trade deadline, a move that they did almost to a tee last season which allowed them to make huge moves at the deadline with their cap relief. They were criticized for this when they announced it, however, what they are doing is entirely within the NHL's rules.
Now, they are taking it a step further, placing Hertl on LTIR in order to call up Jiri Patera.
#VegasBorn have moved Tomas Hertl to LTIR in order to create the cap space needed to recall Jiri Patera.

They now have a total of $21,250,000 in LTIR relief.

The move sparked another round of criticism from fans, as they have clearly been taking advantage of the NHL's rules on Salary Cap Relief.
The question remains whether or not both Stone and Hertl will play in the first game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, it is more than likely they will, since that seems to be the Golden Knights' MO as of late. If they do happen to be healed for the first game of the Playoffs, then this should spark an investigation by the League, and also a review of the salary cap rules by the NHL. That is what Paul Bissonnette thinks, at least.
We will have to see how blatant the Golden Knights are willing to be when circumventing the salary cap.
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