You needn’t be a long-time Feather reader to know our distaste for Barry Rozner (case in point: his Hawk-related articles have taken on a much more positive tone since the Tallon firing), but there’s an interesting nugget in his piece from this morning that may shed some light on the reasoning behind keeping Marian Hossa, Dave Bolland and others off long term injured reserve this season.
According to a league source, the key was the Hawks resisted putting any players on the long-term injury list this season.
Had they put players on the LTI, the performance bonuses accrued this year would have taken space off the cap next year, dollar for dollar, and would have made the deals announced Thursday impossible.
Instead, only the amount they go over the cap this year, bonuses included, is taken off next year’s cap space. That’s a difference of several million dollars.
While it’s wanting for details, it’s a start.
The problem is I believe the second and third paragraphs say exactly the same thing: that bonuses are taken from next year’s cap, an old fact. So, while I don’t disagree that Bowman has resisted the use of LTIR for cap purposes, the explanation here doesn’t seem to give us anything whatsoever – and may actually confuse the issue further.
Am I wrong?
Finally, if you haven’t already, scroll down for our take on yesterday’s announcements.