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BOLTS GM ON TEAM'S CAP SITUATION: 'SOMETIMES THE STARS ALIGN FOR YOU'

JUN 12, 2021  (15H53)      TIM TUCKER
With the Tampa Bay Lightning finding a lot of success once again this post season, talk has turned to the team's current cap situation and the fact that they're $19 million over the limit. Following the Carolina Hurricanes defeat at the hands of the Bolts in the second round, defenceman Dougie Hamilton twice pointed out in a post series interview that their opponents were way over the limit of $81.5 million. Lightning GM Julien BriseBois was questioned about that fact by The Athletic Saturday and insisted everything was above board.

"I know (the NHL) investigated the Nikita Kucherov one, and we have to be able to justify the surgery, the rehab time, the return to play clearance to make sure that everything was done according to the rules and according to the circumstances and those were the cards we were dealt. And that's how we handled it," BriseBois said.

"Nikita has been able to come back and perform at a high level. When all of the decisions were made to know that Nikita needed surgery and then we had to decide whether to place him on long-term exemption for the season, I didn't know how things would unfold," he said. "Luckily for me and our organization, I don't think they could have unfolded any better. But at the time when I was looking at all the possible scenarios and all the possible outcomes, none of them were as good as this one. And there were a lot of ones that weren't very good. That's all I can say."

"Sometimes the stars align for you," BriseBois added.

Kucherov didn't play a game in the regular season this year, which allowed Tampa Bay to keep their roster intact without going over the cap, which can result in huge financial penalties. However, once the playoffs begin, the cap ceiling is out the window. That isn't sitting well with many fans who seem to feel the Lightning choreographed the whole thing. Kucherov himself has denied that.

"I didn't do it on purpose, obviously," Kucherov said "I had to do the surgery. I had to go through the whole five months of rehabilitation, and when the time came (when) I was ready to play, it was the playoffs."

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NHL STATS
PLAYOFFS
2020-2021GPGAPTS
NIKITA KUCHEROV
2382432
BRAYDEN POINT
2314923
STEVEN STAMKOS
2381018
VICTOR HEDMAN
2321618
ALEXANDER KILLORN
198917
WILLIAM KARLSSON
1941216
NICK SUZUKI
227916
NATHAN MACKINNON
108715
DAVID PASTRNAK
117815
MATHEW BARZAL
196814
TYLER TOFFOLI
225914
MIKKO RANTANEN
105813
GABRIEL LANDESKOG
104913
JOSH BAILEY
196713
ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER
195813
JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU
1931013
ONDREJ PALAT
235813
BRAD MARCHAND
118412
CHARLIE MCAVOY
1111112
ALEX PIETRANGELO
194812
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NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
JULY 7, 2021 G A PTS
ROSS COLTON
1 - 1
RYAN MCDONAGH
- 1 1
DAVID SAVARD
- 1 1
JOSH ANDERSON
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JOEL ARMIA
- - -
PAUL BYRON
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COLE CAUFIELD
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ERIK CERNAK
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BEN CHIAROT
- - -
ANTHONY CIRELLI
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