One GM suggested a ban on trading long-term injured players

Published April 2, 2022 at 5:10 PM

This week, the traditional NHL general managers' meeting took place in Palm Beach, Florida. It was Kent Hughes' first general meeting as an NHL GM.

As reported by my colleague Christian Matte of, several issues were discussed, including the salary cap increase as well as the management of the long-term injured list.

In this regard, an NHL general manager reportedly made a suggestion to his colleagues regarding the availability of players on the long-term injured list.

"One GM privately suggested that players like Ryan Kesler, Bryan Little and Shea Weber should not be available for trade. If he gets hurt with you, you can use him for the long-term injured list, but no one else. However, other general managers strongly disagree."

This was reported by tipster Elliotte Friedman in his 32 Thoughts podcast, available on Sportsnet's website. Gary Bettman and league officials will have to look into the matter.

As we know, Kent Hughes came close to trading Shea Weber's contract to the Arizona Coyotes at the trade deadline, but the trade was aborted over an insurance issue.

This strategy has already paid off for the Coyotes, who managed to reach the salary cap by adding the salary of players who were not eligible to play. This was the case with Pavel Datsyuk among others.

For some NHL general managers, it is a strategy that can pay off at times but for others, it is a headache and the league should eventually find a solution.

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One GM suggested a ban on trading long-term injured players

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