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NHL REPORTEDLY CLAMPING DOWN ON LTIR CAP RELIEF

APR 18, 2021  (9H54)      TIM TUCKER
With 17 NHL teams currently utilizing some form of cap relief by placing players on long-term injured reserve, the league is reportedly monitoring the situation closely and will act if it feels a team is attempting any funny business.

"I think what the league is saying is 'we're going to watch you closely. We can request medical records if we think there's any funny business, cap circumvention, that kind of thing going on here,'" said Sportsnet's Chris Johnston during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday. "I think especially any players activated just for Game 1 of the playoffs, there will be Spockian eyebrow raised from the league and that's something they intend to enforce quite forcefully."

There are a few teams that would be well over the current cap of $81.5 million if their LTIR contracts were included. Tampa Bay has $17 million on long-term injured reserve right now and is still right at the cap ceiling. The St. Louis Blues are the second highest, but have less than half the amount that the Lightning has on LTIR, with $8,691,541 in total.

I don't think the NHL has an issue with any of this if it is truly legitimate. However, that's the burning question and it appears the league will be checking just to make sure. Teams deemed to be in violation of the rules could face hefty fines.

Source: Sportsnet
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SEASON
2020-2021GPGAPTS
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LEON DRAISAITL
53304979
BRAD MARCHAND
52283967
MITCH MARNER
54204767
PATRICK KANE
+2
55155166
NATHAN MACKINNON
47204565
AUSTON MATTHEWS
50402565
SIDNEY CROSBY
55243862
MIKKO RANTANEN
49303161
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
55204161
MARK STONE
53213960
ARTEMI PANARIN
42174158
MARK SCHEIFELE
53203858
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
49263157
SEBASTIAN AHO
55243357
JAKE GUENTZEL
56233457
ALEX DEBRINCAT
+2
51312354
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
54153853
MAX PACIORETTY
48242751
DAVID PERRON
53163551
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YESTERDAY
MAY 9, 2021 G A PTS
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1 2 3
MATTHEW TKACHUK
1 2 3
ALEX DEBRINCAT
2 - 2
MARK GIORDANO
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BRANDON HAGEL
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PATRICK KANE
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MIKAEL BACKLUND
1 - 1
DILLON DUBE
1 - 1
MACKENZIE ENTWISTLE
1 - 1
DENIS GURIANOV
1 - 1
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