It appears that the Tampa Bay Lightning are going to be avoiding salary cap hell by putting Nikita Kucherov on IR. So that wrinkle will be no more.
TB's cap issues may be solved by LTIR. There is word Nikita Kucherov is battling an injury that may keep him out awhile. No comment from team/agent, so details are sketchy -- but clarity expected this week. If unable to play (unfortunately), it will clear room for the Lightning.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 21, 2020