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9 minutes ago, Rob_Ottawa said:

He absolutely did have a legit surgery, but as Jag said they kept him out far longer than necessary for cap reasons.

When was the surgery? How would anyone know how long was too long?

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20 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

I don’t follow these things closely enough, but why does everyone assume Kucherov sitting out was cap circumvention? Didn’t he have hip surgery?

he did have hip surgery (or whatever it was), but again he was nearly a full participant in practices well before the season ended (like weeks). Its one thing if he was just non-contact or even skating with the scratches, but I definitely saw and heard about him being essentially full-up ready. The only reason I'm so upset about it. He was healthy but they had their post season ticket all but punched, so they didn't need him and sat on it. At this point it is what it is and I'm sure this loophole won't be closed anytime soon, just annoying that talking heads act like there wasn't some gamesmanship being played

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I don’t think there is any way to prove he was “ready”. That’s the issue. Honestly, it makes more sense to hold him out until the playoffs and give him more recovery time, since they were already playoff bound. 

I don’t know, I’m just not offended by this. 

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5 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

I don’t think there is any way to prove he was “ready”. That’s the issue. Honestly, it makes more sense to hold him out until the playoffs and give him more recovery time, since they were already playoff bound. 

I don’t know, I’m just not offended by this. 

I'm not offended either but that's probably also cause we stunk and it didn't affect us anyway. 

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11 minutes ago, Satans Hockey said:

I'm not offended either but that's probably also cause we stunk and it didn't affect us anyway. 

If the situation was reversed, I hope we would do the same. 

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It’s kind of common sense. Usually we are talking about holding a guy out because it’s pointless if he comes back and we’re there he have the extra time to recuperate. Same thing applies if you are already playoff bound, I suppose. 

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13 minutes ago, Rob_Ottawa said:

Pretty sure Lou already did stuff like this, didn't he? I seem recall someone being sent to Russia or something

Yeah well at some point we couldn't dress a full lineup for a game or games cause Lou fvcked something up and would have been over the cap if we brought back a player from LTIR. (telling the media not to worry about his cap but then we had to play down a man lol) I believe it was Elias.

So yeah it goes both way. You they COULD bring Kuch back but they couldn't dress a full lineup

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The real issue here is cap avoidance. No one argues with sitting Kucherov until the playoffs, the issue is that his salary should have counted against the cap, and then Tbay would be over. For instance, Montreal sat Carey Price for about a month for an 'injury' before the Playoffs, but his salary still counted against the cap, to the point that they couldn't even play Caufield because they were too close to the cap.

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13 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:

omg many fans will be sh!tting bricks about sitting KK who was like the second coming of jesus to them. Now if they lose it's going to be 100% because of that in their mind lol

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37 minutes ago, SterioDesign said:

omg many fans will be sh!tting bricks about sitting KK who was like the second coming of jesus to them. Now if they lose it's going to be 100% because of that in their mind lol

That is definitely a surprising move. Evans is drawing in in Kotkaniemi’s place.

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4 hours ago, RunninWithTheDevil said:

The Stanley Cup could be won tonight and it's literally the least excited I've been about it in memory 

Same here. I’ve actually been switching over to baseball during the first few games. 

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i love Weber but he slashed, crosschecked and played dirty the whole playoffs so if they lose on that high stick penalty well, thats karma

But with their luck they'll score a OT shorthanded winner. They didn't get one of those gift goal in this series yet

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