Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada tweeted a four letter reply to CapGeek, "L.T.I.R."
Friedman was indicating that teams will find a way to avoid the penalty by placing those players on Long Term Injured Reserve. Placing them on LTIR would indicate that the player is trying to play but an injury isn't letting him and the team could apply for cap relief.
On Hockey Central at Noon, Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean were talking about this topic and said that the cap recapture per season can't be a number that is more than 7.5% of a teams salary cap.
MacLean noted that teams could go the Tim Thomas route where a player doesn't report and is then suspended. The player isn't paid, which he wouldn't be if he retired, and they could toll the contracts or just let them go.
Nick Kypreos said that it would be tough to do this for three or four seasons which is around how long most of these players were going to leave on their contract when they retire.
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