Re: 1.3 over- who moves?
posted at 7/10/2013 6:51 PM EDT
In response to days-of-Orr's comment:
are the B'S allowed to carry that cap total all season?....
Yes, and since Savard is never going to play again there are ways they could possibly massage the system to buy even a little more cap space. This is best explained by cap geek
All of this is best explained with an example: The upper limit is $70.0 million and a team has a cap payroll or "Averaged Club Salary" of $71.5 million on the final day of training camp. Player A, carrying a $2.0 million cap hit, is placed on LTIR that day. The club is deemed to have already replaced the injured player and is not eligible for any additional relief, meaning if Player A stays on LTIR all year, the team's cap payroll or "Averaged Club Salary" cannot exceed $71.5 million.
That same team, on the same day, could have loaned two players with cap hits totalling $1.5 million to the minors, reducing their cap payroll to $70.0 million (exactly the upper limit). Then, on opening day, the team could have placed Player A on LTIR, thus allowing their cap payroll or "Averaged Club Salary" to reach $72.0M with replacement players. In other words, this subtle change in LTIR placement gives the team access to an additional $500,000 in cap space throughout the season if the player stays on LTIR. After placing the player on LTIR on opening day, the team could then recall the two demoted players earning $1.5M and still have $500,000 of cap space.
Once the injured player is healthy, the team must reduce its cap payroll or "Averaged Club Salary" below the upper limit before the player can be removed from LTIR.
Please note that CapGeek.com's off-season estimates do not take into account the possibility of LTIR due to the obvious unpredictable variables and the complexity of the calculations. During the season, CapGeek.com's cap space figures estimate maximum potential LTI relief, essentially assuming the team's cap payroll or "Averaged Club Salary" was equivalent to the upper limit at the time of the LTIR transaction.
There is no formal designation of "replacement players." The league can challenge the determination of a club physician that a player is unfit to play for purposes of LTIR.