Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/25/06 at 05:25 PM ET
...What isn't specified in this clause of the CBA, though, is what happens when an over-35 player on a multi-year contract suffers a Long Term Injury. The fact that there isn't precise wording on this would appear to leave it open to some kind of interpretation on the part of the league. That, in the case of Mogilny, there may be a chance the Devils could get some cap relief as long as Mogilny has a legitimate long-term injury. Mogilny has apparently been examined by Devil doctors and the report is that his chronic hip condition will prevent him from being able to play. Conceivably, that would make Mogilny more of a Long Term Injured player than a retired one. And that could be the Devils' way of not having Mogilny's $3.5 million salary count against the cap this season. It's too early to say for sure how this will play out, but based on the wording of the CBA (on both Long Term Injury status and Over-35 Players), it would appear Lamoriello has a fighting chance to get a break on Mogilny.read on
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