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Videos- Post-Game Interviews After Detroit’s 3-2 Win Over Pittsburgh

The Wings are 3-0 in preseason.

Jeff Blahill up first and below we have Michael Rasmussen and Harri Sateri.




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Kind of off topic, but have we sussed out the cap ramifications of Hank “retiring”? He most definitely deserves to “retire” as opposed to “LTIR wink wink we have to string things along”.

Mule LTIR comes off the books, right? But Z is now LTIR, but ... something. Little help.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 09/23/18 at 08:29 PM ET

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They will both be LTIR until the expiry of their deals.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 09/23/18 at 11:23 PM ET


They’re too injured to play again and both deserve the balance of their
pay (especially Franzen given his continuing need for whatever treatment helps
him enjoy decent health). And as such, the Wings deserve whatever cap relief
they’re due depending on payroll relative to cap per the CBA.

Posted by Lefty30 on 09/23/18 at 11:58 PM ET


Nice Freudian typo “Blahill”. Notice head moves side-to-side when he says “jobs are real wide-open… guys gotta play their way into the jobs”

Posted by mtta on 09/24/18 at 12:21 AM ET


Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 09/23/18 at 08:29 PM ET

Both will be placed on LTIR, so neither will trigger any “cap recapture” penalty. Being on LTIR allows them to continue to collect their paychecks (whereas retiring would not). It also allows Detroit to exceed the cap by a calculated amount, which is not the same as their cap hits coming “off the books.” It’s complicated.

But let’s play this out. Here’s my attempt to shed some light. I’ve been an amateur student of the CBA for a long time so I’m fairly confident in myself here, but there’s always a chance I’ve misunderstood something. With that caveat out of the way ...

So for starters, ordinarily there is a 10% cushion on top of the regular cap ceiling in the offseason. HOWEVER, the league clarified last year that teams can use LTIR in the offseason to push even higher than the 10% cushion.

This makes a difference in Detroit’s case because the combined cap hits for Zetterberg and Franzen, at just over $10 million, exceed 10% of the cap ceiling. Using offseason LTIR allows them to theoretically start the season with up to ~$89.5 million in AAV (including Z and Franzen) rather than just $87.45 million (cap + 10%).

This furthermore means, at present, Detroit has about ~$6.7 million to play with before the season starts. Rookies who make the team or tryouts who earn contracts (ugh) would be able to draw from this pool.

However, unless they make enough cap clearing trades to get fully under $79.5 million (including Z and Franzen) before the season starts (very unlikely), whatever portion of that $6.7 million they don’t use will disappear. Whatever AAV they’re carrying on Day 1 of the regular season effectively becomes their new upper limit for the season, presuming they continue to use LTIR all year (a safe assumption).

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 09/24/18 at 08:52 AM ET

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