The Canes took a page out of the Lightning's book and tricked the NHL' salary cap system

Published October 22, 2022 at 9:18
BY JEFF DROUIN

On June 2nd, Carolina Hurricanes GM Don Waddell stated that defenseman Jake Gardiner had finally received the green light from his doctors. Gardiner will be able to return to the game and join his teammates for the 2022-2023 season.

Three months later, on September 19, we learned that the defenseman would join the long-term injured list (LTIR). This personnel move freed up no less than $4.05M on the Canes' payroll. With Max Paciretty ($7M) also on the long-term injured list, Carolina currently has $6,806,667 on the LTIR above the cap and has the same amount of space to add players.

As the DobberHockey Twitter account mentions, what has happened in three months to make the situation so bad? Was he asked to come back unfit to play in order to free up space?




"So what happened in the last three months?
Well, Jake Gardiner caught a case of "cap-itus." An affliction that usually affects players whose teams desperately need to be on the LTIR."

It's even more bizarre considering the Canes acquired Brent Burns, and his $5.28M salary on the block, a month after the declaration that Gardiner could play next season...

Source : HF
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