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You Call This An Emergency?

from Jamie Bell of TSN,

While there were healthy players available to call up from the Devils farm team in Albany, due to the team’s close proximity to the NHL’s mandated $59.4 million salary cap, New Jersey was unable to ice a full roster that would fit under the cap.

“It’s not something we like to see,” Devils’ president and general manager Lou Lamoriello told NorthJersey.com. “But it is what it is today. That’s the way it will be.”

Although it is not necessarily illegal to ice a short-handed roster, it presents many difficulties and could potentially be dangerous if any injuries occur to an already depleted lineup.

According to article 16.4 of the collective bargaining agreement: “Except in case of emergency, there shall be no reduction of the required minimum Playing Rosters of the Clubs, below eighteen (18) skaters and two (2) goaltenders.”


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What else can the NHL do but turn a blind eye though?

If they force the Devils to ice a full roster, then New Jersey go over the cap - in which case they forfeit the game anyway. And as bush league as the Devils’ shortened bench is, at least it’s not as bush league as games getting forfeited. Not as if there’s a competitive advantage to be gained from it either.

Although, if this is still the case next week, a fine might be in order… or maybe the NHL could pick a random Devils player to waive!

Posted by fcjbencard on 10/11/10 at 09:13 PM ET

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fcjbencard, Is this going to continue throughout the year?  It could if they have injuries like this.

I wouldn’t do anything either if I were the Devils, but the NHL needs to step in and enforce the rules. 

Force them to make a move or two or else this is going to be a much bigger problem.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/11/10 at 09:17 PM ET

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well, if the devils end up getting a top-5-pick after this season, it’s their problem, isn’t it?

as for fairness ... i think it’s fair to say that the devils roster with 17 players looks better on paper than the isle’s full roster, for example. and the isles had to include yashin’s salary to even reach the cap floor. that’s just as weird as the vision of the devils more often than not dressing less than the required number of players.

i’m sure lou will look to do some moves. he’s gotta be embarassed by this situation - and sather showed him some impressive moves considering getting rid of/stashing money in order to stay under the cap in a way that the team doesn’t have to worry about the ceiling all season long.

Posted by german_wing from Toronto, Canada on 10/11/10 at 09:27 PM ET

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The Devils put themselves in this situation. Sucks…but I fail to see why the league should step in and help the Devils.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 10/11/10 at 09:31 PM ET


The only thing stopping them from fixing this problem right now is Lou’s ego. If he were to waive some of their ridiculous contracts (rolston, Zubrus, Clarkson) and send them to the minors that would be admitting that he was wrong to sign their contracts in the first place.

Posted by Kstewy16 on 10/11/10 at 09:34 PM ET

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yip. send rolston to the minors and be done with it!

Posted by german_wing from Toronto, Canada on 10/11/10 at 09:39 PM ET

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Funny that Lamarillo , who is a staunch bettman supporter, would be the first team to be really burned by the ill concieved salary cap.

The cap only serves to “help” teams who are too incompotent to scout and draft talanted players.

The have nots ( Nashville, Florida, Phoenix…) will still be the have nots, and more troubling, the mis managed organizations ( NYI, Atlanta, Florida, ...) are still siging ridiculous player contracts.

Have no fear though, the few teams making money will be more than willing, thanks to the salary cap,  to subsidize poorly run unsustanable franchises.

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/11/10 at 09:54 PM ET


I don’t see how this could possibly be classified as an “emergency.”  There are ways—LTIR, waivers, perhaps others—for NJ to ice a full playing roster and stay under the cap.  That none of the ways are very palatable to the team creates an emergency?

Daly apparently says that indeed it does (No violation of the spirit of the CBA here.  Move along now…).  I say laughable.

Posted by BobTheZee on 10/11/10 at 10:13 PM ET


The Devils put themselves in this situation. Sucks…but I fail to see why the league should step in and help the Devils.

I’m not sure anyone is saying the league should help.  If there’s a roster minimum then the Devils should be punished for not meeting that minimum.

Posted by Garth on 10/11/10 at 10:16 PM ET

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League should just slap an additional cap penalty against the Devils for this season and force their hand.

Posted by Primis on 10/12/10 at 12:12 AM ET


People seem to think this is all Lou’s doing. Devil Owner Vanderbeek wanted Kovalchuk and now Lou gets to deal with it.

Posted by timbits on 10/12/10 at 12:16 AM ET

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It’s Lou’s name on the line. If the owner was meddling on the roster and cap management, Lou should have stepped aside like a professional. He didn’t, so now this is his problem alone. He’s responsible as GM.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/12/10 at 01:40 AM ET

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