NHL to ‘scrutinize’ trades to ensure injured players aren’t stashed until playoffs

NHL to ‘scrutinize’ trades to ensure injured players aren’t stashed until playoffs

The NHL will “intently scrutinize” trades to make certain injured players aren’t stashed on long-term reserve until the playoffs to skirt the wage cap.

The NHL addressed the problem in a memo despatched to groups on Tuesday, Sportsnet can verify.

Concern has been raised by some groups that players have been obtained earlier than the commerce deadline however not been added to the energetic roster until the playoffs, doubtlessly circumventing the wage cap. The wage cap doesn’t apply through the playoffs.

This challenge drew consideration two years in the past, when the Tampa Bay Lightning had been accused of being as a lot as $18 million over the cap throughout their Stanley Cup run. An NHL investigation into the matter discovered no wrongdoing.

Players on the LTIR who’ve been rumoured to be on the transfer earlier than the March 3 commerce deadline embody Sean Monahan of the Montreal Canadiens, Adam Henrique of the Anaheim Geese and Gustav Nyquist of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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