NHL confirms cap relief rules do apply to COVID protocol suspensions

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Players who are unvaccinated can still play NHL games, but are restricted by league protocols.

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Patrick Johnston

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Teams who suspend players without pay under the terms of the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols during the 2021-22 season will receive also cap relief from those players’ daily salary cap hit, just as they would for other suspensions without pay, the NHL confirmed to Postmedia on Thursday.

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“There is no cap charge associated with players who are suspended without pay,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an emailed response to a query about whether new COVID-19 protocols came with cap relief measures.

Section 50.10(c) of the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players’ association waives a player’s salary cap charge while they are suspended without pay by a team and the latest protocols are covered by the agreement.

The COVID-19 protocols agreed upon by the league and the players’ association earlier this month allow for the suspension of players without pay if they are “unable to participate in club activities” because they are unvaccinated and forced to miss games due to issues like Canadian government-imposed quarantine when returning from a U.S. road trip or mandatory vaccine requirements to get into sports arenas,…

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