Carolina Hurricanes “lost $ 18 million against an over-the-cap team” – –

Carolina Hurricanes “lost $ 18 million against an over-the-cap team” – –

In his end-of-season press briefing on Thursday, the Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton took an apparent shot at the team that knocked out their club Tuesday night – the Tampa Bay Lightning – and their handling of the salary cap before returning to the remark almost immediately.

“We’ve had a great season,” Hamilton told reporters. “We lost to a team that went over the limit of $ 18 million or whatever. They have an incredible goalie. I feel like we faced them pretty close.

Hamilton’s remark referred to the club’s ability to comply with the cap by placing a star Nikita Kucherov and his annual salary of $ 9.5 million on the long-term injury reserve before he returned to the club in time for the playoffs where the cap is no longer applicable.

The 27-year-old Torontonian quickly made it clear he had no intention of his comments being interpreted as negative against the reigning Stanley Cup champions.

“If you think about how many players you could add to your squad with that money, you realize how deeper you would be,” said Hamilton.

Money will be at the center of Hamilton’s offseason as he just completed the final year of his six-year, $ 4.5 million contract and is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Hamilton says there is nothing new to report on the contract talks.

“Everyone knows I really like it here,” Hamilton said. “I have very good friends, I have met very good people here. “

In 55 games last season, his ninth in the NHL, Hamilton registered 10 goals and 32 assists in 22:43 of ice time per night. He has two goals and three assists in 11 playoff games in 25:21 of ice time per game.


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