With the announcement that David Booth will be lost to injury in excess of four weeks with a fractured foot, many in Leafs Nation were questioning what this means for the Leafs salary cap.
Well, I reached out to noted sports lawyer Elliot Saccucci to clarify, and this is what he told me earlier today:
“As per Article 50.10 (d) if a player is out a minimum of 24 days and 10 games, he can then be placed on the Long Term Injured Reserve list. Once that player is placed on the list, the Toronto Maple Leafs can then go ABOVE the Cap by as much as the contract value of the injured player.
The tricky part is when the Player is HEALTHY again, the Leafs would have to clear enough space to accept his contract back onto the books in order to be free and clear of any penalties that would be incurred.
Furthermore, if a player is injured but it will be less than 24 days and 10 games, the Leafs (or any team in the NHL) get an extra roster spot to allow a replacement player but do NOT get any Salary Cap Relief.”
With only $1,885,000 in cap space (per CapGeek.com), and 2-3 additional roster spots likely to be filled by bubble players, any cap relief as a result of injury would be welcomed by Leafs management.
I would personally like to thank Elliot for taking his time out of an already hectic day to provide our site with that information. Elliot and I have shared stories and discussed hockey many times since our days at MLHS and hope that we can continue this dialogue into the future. Please give Elliot a hat tip for his efforts, and welcome him to The Hub.