Mattias Ohlund’s injury status leaves the Tampa Bay Lightning in a salary cap bind, while the Oilers are unlikely to trade up for the second overall pick.
TAMPABAY.COM: Damian Cristodero reports defenseman Mattias Ohlund’s knee injury could create some salary cap problems for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ohlund’s unlikely to play for the Lightning again, but could still collect the $6.75 million the club owes him over the final three years of his contract. As an injured player, he’s ineligible for a buyout. The Lightning can place him on long-term injury reserve if they’re pressed for salary cap space, but must continue paying him. If he retires, the Lightning would be penalized by the cap benefit recapture rule.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With only around $3.32 million in cap space for next season, the Lightning will place Ohlund on LTIR next season, but it also means they’ll have to shed salary elsewhere – via trade or compliance buyout – to fill out the remainder of their lineup for next season. I expect Lightning GM Steve Yzerman could be busy in the coming weeks creating additional cap space for his club.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis noted the possible availability of the Florida Panthers first round pick (second overall) in this year’s draft, but notes the odds are against the Oilers trading up to land that pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers are keen to move their pick (seventh overall) but I believe they want a good young established NHL player or one on the verge of making the NHL.