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10-13-2009, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by opendoor View Post
The cushion disappears once the player returns and cannot be built up, so there's no benefit come trade deadline from having a bunch of LTIR players (unless they stay out the entire year). Right now the Canucks could go about $13 million or so over the cap, but as soon as players begin to return, room would need to be cleared to bring the team below the upper limit.
I don't recall the LTIR cushion disappears once the player comes back. As I understand it a team gains LTIR relief based on the pro-rated salary of the player(s) on LTIR. However the LTIR relief is only realized if the teams actual salary exceeds the salary cap and only to the LTIR relief amount. A team, like the Canucks, at the cap limit can 'go over' the cap by the pro-rated LTIR salary 'cushion'. All salaries paid throughout the season, including replacement players are then calculated against the cap limit plus the LTIR cushion if applicable (re: salaries paid exceed salary cap).

Not sure if this makes sense or not, maybe someone else can explain it better.

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