REPORT: Gary Bettman and NHL step in to STOP Maple Leafs from circumventing the Salary Cap

Published April 10, 2023 at 8:53 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs, a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL), are widely recognized as one of the best teams in the league. The team management takes great measures to ensure that the players are in top form and perform to their full potential. One such measure is to spend all the way to the salary cap max each season, which enables them to secure some of the best players in the league and build a formidable roster.

While spending to the salary cap max can make the team stronger, it can also cause some issues, particularly when it comes to unexpected circumstances like injuries. In such cases, there is little room to maneuver, and the team may find itself short on players. This can be especially problematic during the regular season when teams need to be able to call up players from their minor league affiliates to fill in for injured players.

Recently, during a game against an opposing team, the Toronto Maple Leafs faced this very issue. They were unable to call up one of their American League goaltenders due to a lack of cap space, so they had to sign a goaltender to an Amateur Try Out. This highlights the constraints that the team faces due to the salary cap max and the need to make tough decisions when it comes to managing their roster.

In another instance, tonight against the Florida Panthers, the Toronto Maple Leafs were hoping to bring in Joseph Woll as a backup goaltender. However, the National Hockey League denied their request. This shows that even though the team management may be willing to spend all the way to the salary cap max, there are still limitations and rules that they must abide by.

Still trying to figure out «exactly» why, but TOR was not ruled to be eligible for an emergency recall in tonight's game.

Okay, this is what I think it is: TOR could have called-up Woll instead of signing Knies, which makes it «an emergency of their own creation.» My bet is TOR considered signing Knies the priority, wanted to get him signed no matter what

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REPORT: Gary Bettman and NHL step in to STOP Maple Leafs from circumventing the Salary Cap

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