Thursday, July 21, 2005

Injuries and the Cap

I previously wrote that teams would not spend up to $39 million because if a player went down with an injury and someone had to be called up, they would be put over the cap. Details have emerged that this is not the case. The Toronto star puts it best.

There's also the sense that players who replace those on injured reserve will not have their salaries count against the cap unless they make more than the player they are replacing. So if Sundin breaks his leg just before the trade deadline, the Maple Leafs will likely be able to trade for an impending unrestricted free agent of equal salary to replace him in the lineup.
This is great news for the players because teams will be able to spend more money. Check out that article in its entirety; it is a good piece on how this deal could turn out to be better than the one they rejected in February.