Cam Neely was on 98.5 yesterday, and got asked about the Krejci injury and how it related to the cap and the trade deadline. Rather than paraphrase, I'm just going to let Cam speak for himself. I've paraphrased the radio dudes because I don't want to make anyone pay attention to them more than necessary. Cam Neely's quotes are in block quotes.
Is putting Krejci or Miller on LTIR and using that money at the deadline an option?
Right. That is an option and it is our option. But, having said that, you have to be cap compliant if someone comes back from injury. So, you can’t be over the cap because you put someone on long term injury, you added a bunch of cap dollars.
But in the playoffs, you can.
I don’t think the league would look kindly at that.
They would view that as a manipulation?
Well, think about it.
What’s the actual rule?
You know, that’s a good question. I don’t know what the actual rule is. I just know, because we’ve been through this in the past, and I know other teams have been through this in the past, when someone gets hurt, you know, near the deadline. Long term injury, and then questions come up, what’s going to happen after?
Do you have an example?
I can’t recall, off the top of my head. I just know, these have been discussions at the board level.
So, you have to be careful with this, is what you’re saying?
You can’t manipulate anything. You’ve gotta do, y’know, if it’s a real.. . What you’re saying here is your players going to be out x amount of time. And then he comes back in the second round, or the second game. It’s something that the teams know that the league has made comments on and you can’t manipulate the cap.
[assorted squawking noises]
For us, it’s something we’re not going to play around with. I mean, if we get word, if a player is coming back, and then has a setback, or he can come back earlier than anticipated. Players want to play. They want to play.
So you’ll be conservative?
Yeah, we’re going to do the right thing, which is what we have to do, however you want to take that. We’re going to do the right thing. Depending on what we find out over the next few days. David was evaluated yesterday.
Here's the clip, the part above starts at around 12:30: