Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton is not too upset about Carolina’s exit from the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs — particularly contemplating that his crew misplaced to a Lightning squad that may be a whopping $17.5 million over the wage cap.
In his postseason exit interview, Hamilton introduced up the extreme invoice that Tampa Bay is carrying this postseason when discussing how Carolina performed towards them.
“We had an awesome season. We misplaced to a crew that is $18 million over the cap or no matter they’re,” Hamilton stated, per The Athletic. “I really feel like we performed them fairly shut.”
In fact, Hamilton needed to verify everybody knew that he wasn’t taking a dig on the Lightning for the technique they employed to tug this off.
“I wasn’t knocking the foundations or something. You notice what number of weapons they’ve, and if you concentrate on what number of extra gamers you would have with the cash, you notice how a lot deeper you’d be,” Hamilton stated. “That’s simply the way it labored out. I do know it’s occurred with groups prior to now, I don’t have an issue with it. You simply notice how good that crew was.”
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Certainly, the Lightning are good, and that is in no small half due to how they had been capable of exploit NHL wage cap guidelines throughout the season.
As a result of Nikita Kucherov was on the long-term injured reserve for your entire common season, his $9.5 million wage did not depend in the direction of Tampa Bay’s wage cap. As such, they had been capable of make strikes on the commerce deadline so as to add expertise they in any other case would not have been capable of if Kucherov had been activated.
And for the reason that wage cap is not enforced throughout the playoffs, the Lightning had been capable of activate Kucherov forward of their first-round matchup with the Panthers with out making any roster strikes or receiving any kind of penalty.
Might Kucherov have truly wanted your entire common season to recuperate, because the Lightning insist? Possibly. However he was able to play straight away in Tampa Bay’s first playoff sport, scoring twice, so it is also attainable that he might’ve returned sooner if the Lightning had the cap area to activate him throughout the common season.
On the finish of the day, we’ll by no means know if Kucherov might’ve returned earlier than the playoffs started.
However the Lightning took benefit of the scenario and that is why they’re shaping up as a powerful contender to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.