Some may call the Tampa Bay Lightning cheats. Others may call them brilliant.
Many hockey fans have criticized the Bolts during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs because they are $ 18 million over the salary cap, such as Carolina Dougie Hamilton’s Hurricane Defense mentioned recently.
Lightning star forward Nikita Kucherov, who spent the entire regular season on injured reserve, responded to Hamilton’s comment on Friday.
Kucherov missed the entire regular season after undergoing hip surgery in the offseason, allowing the Lightning to ease his cap situation by putting his $ 9.5 million salary on long-term injured reserve. where it wouldn’t count against the cap.
If the 27-year-old hadn’t missed the entire season, the Lightning would have been forced to part ways with a valuable asset, like Alex Killorn, to be below the salary cap.
Since the salary cap does not apply to the playoffs, Tampa was able to activate Kucherov without consequence.
According to CapFriendly, the Bolts are currently $ 17.3 million over the cap, which is an unfair advantage considering the other three remaining playoff teams are closer to the cap.