If you want to see an example of how teams are taking advantage of the taxi squad to manufacture cap space, Derek Ryan and the Flames are a perfect example. The Flames were able to pass Ryan through waivers and assign him to the taxi squad. Before every game (so far) they recall him from the taxi squad and play him. They then return him to the taxi squad on non-game days. The Flames keep a 20 man roster in place in between games.
Every day that Ryan is on the taxi squad reduces his cap hit for that day as team can "bury" $1.075 million in cap hit for guys on the taxi squad (or in the minors) There is no impact to Derek Ryan's actual pay in any way, and he continues to practice and play just like he was an every day member of the roster. Its all paper transactions.
The IIHF has pulled Minsk as a co-host (with Riga) of the IIHF World Championship, which is supposed to get started in late May...
IIHF pulls hockey worlds from Belarus, seeks new host: The move comes after pressure from opposition groups and a threatened sponsor boycottnhl.nbcsports.com
As an adjunct to that, Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Samsonov and Orlov are on the Covid list.The Caps were fined $100,000 for violating Covid protocols.
I don’t know. I asked the question on a tweet from thr Caps beat writer but there hasn’t been a response.So is 5 the threshold or are there other factors in play?
Rhetorical question?Has the NHL released a position group threshold for cancellations or are they going all NASCAR and just making this up as they go along?
Ilya Samsonov appears to be the only positive test of the 4:There is going to be a whole lot of 'we don't know all the details' as we go along here.
I'm wondering if part of the reason the Caps games are still on is because there are no actual positive tests, just the sidelining of 4 players who broke protocol, so there are no concerns of a bigger yet undetected spread across the team. Where it sure SEEMS like the Canes must be dealing with actual positive tests which potentially mean that some additional positive tests are possible, thus having any of their players play in the next week is too risky.
That is all we are going to be left to do all year as these situations unfold is guess as to what is really going on and why the NHL is making the decisions they are making. I also wouldn't put it past the NHL to be making an example out of the Caps situation by forcing them to play shorthanded. I had read in the Athletic a few hours after the news broke about the Russian 4 that the league can go so far as to force teams to forfeit games for blatant protocol violations.