it's possible, but what is unique about his contract that doesn't apply to Merzlikins?
Q- thanks for the note. I agree with you about this time vs. last time. As for Gavrikov, I was using the CapFriendly expansion tool. I think you may have a point here, because all of the literature I've been able to find suggests that he would/should be exempt (as a first-year NHL player). It also wouldn't make sense that he and Merzlikins are treated any differently, so... may be an error on their end, and therefore, our end
Agree with your point. It feels like with every passing day the salary cap will go down - and not even be a flat cap - much less the modest increase I used in the calc...
An overreaction is a perfect way to describe this rule. There are so many more important fixes that the NHL could/should address (hits to the head, consistency amongst goalie interference, etc.) but giving out penalties for accidentally shooting the puck out of play seems like an overreach
I had always heard a similar story (or was it the Oilers?) but I couldn't find any reference to it online
Ah yes, the Gold Plan. Here's a good read on that