Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/22/13 at 11:27 AM ET
from Rob Rossi of Chipped Ice,
...notable is that Zatkoff (now considered the back-up goalie) must clear waivers to be on the roster by the regular-season set date (Sept. 30). That is not anticipated to be a problem.
Also, the Penguins already had to get under the NHL’s $64.3 million salary cap, so signing a veteran goalie would make that even more of a challenge.
The Penguins have the option of clearing a chunk of, but not full, cap space by moving one of their players on one-way contracts. Carolina still has a portion of winger Jussi Jokinen’s salary on its cap after trading him to the Penguins last season.
An NHL club can retain salary on three contracts and up to 15 percent of the cap ($9.6 million).
Unclear is management’s feeling on that kind of move – especially with the possibility that a season-long absence by Vokoun would provide an opportunity for a cap space-saving long-term injury (LTI) designation.
Still, this situation is not ideal and could significantly change the outlook for the Penguins.
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