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Colorado Avalanche to Break Major NHL Rule?

Published September 11, 2023 at 4:15 PM
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The Colorado Avalanche could try to circumvent the salary cap during next year's playoffs.

Avs to Break the Rules?



Gabriel Landeskog missed the entire season last year due to a major knee injury, and he announced that the same issue will keep him sidelined for the entirety of the next season.

Now, the Avs might be planning his comeback just in time for the playoffs.



Circumventing the Cap?



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As we saw with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Vegas Golden Knights, some teams use long-term injuries to their advantage.

Nikita Kucherov was injured for a good part of the season but came back just in time for the playoffs, where teams are allowed to exceed the salary limit. It's a huge advantage; teams essentially get a free player, often a good one.

Colorado is currently $5M over the salary cap, and the timing of the captain's return could be suspect.

It would be surprising if Landeskog wanted to wait to return until he's healthy, especially after missing almost two seasons. But if the Avs can't accommodate him because of their financial situation, he'll need to wait until the playoffs before joining his team.

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