Some may call Tampa Bay Lightning Cheaters. Others might call them smart
Many hockey fans criticized the Bolts throughout the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs for exceeding the $18 million salary cap, such as Carolina Hurricanes defender Doogie Hamilton mentioned recently.
Lightning star forward Nikita Kucherov, who spent the entire regular season in the injured reserve, responded to Hamilton’s comment on Friday.
Kucherov missed the entire regular season after undergoing off-season hip surgery, which allowed Lightning to ease the cover situation by putting his $9.5 million salary on long-term injured reserve, where it won’t count toward the cap.
If the 27-year-old does not miss the entire season, Lightning will have to part with a valuable asset, such as Alex Killorn, in order to receive the maximum salary.
Since the maximum salary does not apply to playoffs, Tampa was able to revitalize Kucherov without consequences.
to me Friendly CapHowever, the Bolts are currently $17.3 million over the salary cap, which is a somewhat unfair advantage given that the remaining three remaining teams are closer to the cap.