NHLPA to investigate Devils' roster issues Staff

10/12/2010 6:07:26 PM

The National Hockey League Players' Association is ready to take a closer look at the New Jersey Devils' current salary cap dilemma in terms of icing a short-handed lineup.

"We are currently reviewing this matter to ensure that the CBA is complied with and that any potential violation of the agreement is remedied," NHLPA director of Communications Jonathan Weatherdon told TSN.

The Players' Association raised their concerns after the Devils dressed only 15 skaters for a matinee loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.  New Jersey was playing the game short-handed due their close proximity to the NHL's mandated $59.4 million salary cap, paired with injuries to Brian Rolston and Anton Volchenkov as well as a one-game suspension to Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says that the league is aware of the Players' Association's investigation, but does not foresee any further action.

"We remain comfortable that the Devils are in compliance with their obligations under the CBA. Obviously, we will continue to monitor the situation and consult with the NHLPA and with the team, as appropriate," Daly told TSN.