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    Dont know how he stayed unemployed for so long.

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    Not an auspicious opening by the Bolts. Looked like they were sitting back trying to analyze the Isles' strategy rather than actually playing.

    Isles have excellent depth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klonk View Post
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    Some fire in the Bolts-Isles game today.

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    Great game! See what happens when Isles are forced to abandon the trap? Fun hockey! Good to see the bad blood developing That fight was so lame though, but most fights those two dudes are in are snoozers. Can't wait for the next one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klonk View Post
    Great game! See what happens when Isles are forced to abandon the trap? Fun hockey! Good to see the bad blood developing That fight was so lame though, but most fights those two dudes are in are snoozers. Can't wait for the next one!
    Somehow, I knew you would like that game! That's alright, the Isles and for that matter, the Habs both did what they set out to do. Split on the road. The Coliseum is gonna be rocking tonight!

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    OK guys, sour grapes or anything like that. But what is the deal with the salary cap? I was sent a clip of a Canes player going off saying Tampa Bay is $18M over the cap. What's that all about?

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    OK guys, sour grapes or anything like that. But what is the deal with the salary cap? I was sent a clip of a Canes player going off saying Tampa Bay is $18M over the cap. What's that all about?
    Ok, here's the long-winded version (from a Bolts fan).

    First, there is no cap in the playoffs so nobody can be over the cap at this time.

    Second, the 18 million narrative is an exaggeration as it includes Tampa's full playoff taxi squad some never-will-play LITRs etc. If one includes these categories for the Isles I believe that they'd be about 8 million over.

    When the season ended the Bolts were, as per league rules, cap compliant. Then Kucherov returned after missing the whole season (more on that later). His salary is 9.5 million and, since he didn't play during the season, it didn't count against the cap. Still, the Bolts got a 9.5 million dollar player back for the playoffs. That's the amount people should be discussing.

    So, in a sense it appears that the Bolts have a 9.5 million dollar salary advantage.

    But, the league has said there was no wrong doing -- all the rules were followed. Kucherov was verifiably injured, got verified surgery, and of the type that typically requires a 5-6 month recovery. That's why he was on LTIR during the entire season. No other GM in the league has disputed the legitimacy of this. Cap management by GMs is a thing, like it or not.

    Now, what would the Bolts have done if Kucherov's salary had been required to count against the cap? Well for one, he would definitely still be playing in these playoffs. Almost certainly, the Bolts would have dropped Tyler Johnson's 5 million hit (buyout or package with a 1st round pick for free) and they wouldn't have been able to carry out the David Savard trade with Columbus (not that Savard has been very good for us). That's still not quite 9.5 mil though so they would have likely bridged either Anthony Cirelli or Mikhail Sergachev.

    So, they are effectively up a Johnson and a Savard, both of whom could be quickly and easily replaced by players of similar calibre.

    Unfortunately, some people are talking as if the Bolts used that extra dough to bring in some high-priced free agent ringers, when in fact they've drafted or developed all their current players (with the exception of MacDonagh, who came over nearly 4 years ago). The Bolts tight cap issue is a product of strong drafting and development, increasing their own players' value and not one of being able to 'buy a contender' Yankee-style.

    End apologia.

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