Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/11/10 at 08:06 PM ET
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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