NHL to 'closely scrutinize' trades involving players on LTIR
The NHL sent a memo to teams Tuesday morning saying it will "closely scrutinize" trades involving injured players who are acquired with the intent of keeping them on the long-term injured reserve list until the playoffs.
TSN Hockey Insider Chris Johnston notes that this could impact the market for currently injured players like Gustav Nyquist, Sean Monahan and Adam Henrique, among others.
The NHL released a memo to teams this morning saying that it will "closely scrutinize" trades where injured players are acquired with the intent of keeping them on LTIR until the playoffs.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 28, 2023
This could impact the market for players like Nyquist, Monahan, Henrique, etc.
Johnston adds that while the league isn't outright banning any such moves, it will closely investigate transactions to see if they violate the collective bargaining agreement.
According to Johnston, some teams are upset because similar trades have been permitted in the past.
While the NHL isn't outright banning any such moves, it says it will investigate transacations to see if they consistute circumvention of the CBA.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 28, 2023
Johnston points out that in April of 2021, the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forward Riley Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets while he was recovering from a sprained knee and was not activated until the playoffs.
The NHL's trade deadline is this Friday at 3:00 p.m. ET.