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NHL FEELS THAT TEAMS WERE 'UNDERMINING' THEIR IDEA OF OPENING NIGHT ROSTER CHANGES

The NHL has reportedly told teams that any changes made to rosters on Wednesday (for LTIR purposes) will count as if they were originally submitted on Tuesday, which is supposed to be the deadline to submit Opening Night rosters.

The league felt that teams were not interpreting their idea on the Opening Night rosters and that they were «undermining» the idea of it with changes soon after.



Most of the teams in the league would rather not operate using LTIR for the duration of the season, so the plan would be to get as close to the cap as possible for Day 1 (Tuesday) and then add their players to LTIR on Day 2 (Wednesday) in order to get as much benefit as possible.

Teams like Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Chicago, Edmonton, and Vancouver all plan to be cap compliant using LTIR, and this hiccup may force an Opening Night roster that teams may have not have expected to say the least. Although, this would just be for the first night.



Teams have been known to take advantage of this rule in the past, but it seems a little odd that the league would amend the rule just one day before submissions are needed from all 31 NHL teams, ahead of the imminent January 13th season start.
BRENNEN BEAUDIN
JANUARY 11, 2021  (15H11)