Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Cap Circumvention Is Still A Topic Of Discussion

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Julien BriseBois knows how it looks, knows what people are saying.

How the Tampa Bay Lightning are exploiting the system. How they are going against the spirit of the salary cap. How they got to the Stanley Cup semifinal by basically cheating.

It all stems from the curious timing of Nikita Kucherov’s return from off-season surgery — and how Tampa Bay’s GM used the season-long absence of his superstar player to bolster an already star-studded roster. By placing Kucherov on long-term injury, the team did not have put his $9.5-million cap hit on the books. That not only allowed the Lightning to keep last year’s championship roster mostly intact, but also provided them the space to acquire defenceman David Savard at the trade deadline.

“Sometimes the stars align for you,” BriseBois said of Kucherov, who since returning from injury leads the playoffs with 18 points in 11 games.

Others, however, are not so sure everything is on the up and up. Some have accused the Tampa Bay of holding back Kucherov for the start of the playoffs, where his cap doesn’t count. Some have insinuated that the Lightning, which has long benefitted from Florida’s tax breaks, of playing by a different set of rules.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink


Rumbear's avatar

How the Tampa Bay Lightning are exploiting the system. How they are going against the spirit of the salary cap. How they got to the Stanley Cup semifinal by basically cheating.

Huh?  Traikos needs a big brick of cheddah cheese to go with this Whine.

Exploiting the system? But note, they are not breaking any rules…. so what’s your beef?

Going against the “spirit of the salary cap”?? C’mon, seriously? What is the spirit of the salary cap?  How do you know when it is being broken?

Cheating?? it effervesces to cheating? Possibly the dumbest conclusion I have read on the internet today. But, its early.

In sum, teams are getting beat because the GM read the rules and figured out how to apply them to the current situation to benefit his team. Bravo! That is a level of genius that should be envied. Work a little harder and you too can be a winner.

What’s the motto from survivor .... “Outwit, Outplay, Outlast”.

Enjoy your cheddah…..



Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, sing along The YzerMan Can!...... on 06/13/21 at 01:57 PM ET


I can totally imagine Ken Holland and crew doing this
if they were in the same spot.

Why not SY too if he were still in Tampa.

Every few years a team or teams finds a loophole and combines it and
what might seem like a negative (a significant) injury into an opportunity.

Sometimes the league cracks down after the fact.
Sometimes the loophole is closed in the next CBA.
And then GMs go looking for another one. It’s fair to say it’s a roster
18 million over the cap. But unless they broke the league’s seemingly pretty flexible rules about managing injuries, Tampa just managed the duration of an injury to fit a loophole.

It like “effervesces”!

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/13/21 at 09:51 PM ET


I like the verb “effervesces” in this context to question how or whether one concept really morphs or drifts or converts into another

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/13/21 at 09:53 PM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.


Notify me of follow-up comments?


Most Recent Blog Posts

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com