Southern Fan wrote:How does this affect the cap hit? Do we have to count his salary in case we have another signing move?
There is a provision for a Long-Term Injury exemption to the Salary Cap (Section 50.10(d) in the CBA). If a player is to miss 24 calendar days/10 NHL games, then the team can exceed the cap by that player's salary during the injury (ie, replace him with another player with at most the same salary).
The problem is that the replacement player has to be off the books when the injured player seeks to return, otherwise the injured player cannot return. This is perfect for bringing up an AHL player, but not so good for signing an NHL-only replacement.
I don't think the Pens need to do this. This is why we have Sydor in the fold, which is why even now Goligoski can be getting 1st pairing minutes at WB/S right now than getting 3rd pairing minutes or sitting in the press box in Pittsburgh.