Craig wrote:You don't have to if he's injured and the contract is insured.
Contracts have to get renewed annually. No chance Gabby is insured.
They do? Since when?
As far as I know, there are two ways to insure players in the NHL. One is through the league's communal insurance program, which I think is how most high-value players are insured. In that program you can get like 80% of the salary back from injured players, but the insurance company can flag players with recurring injuries to limit or eliminate compensation for guys who are huge risks. So like, if someone has 8 concussions, you might not get anything when he's knocked out long term for #9. I don't think that program allows for being generally fragile though, you have to have a pre-existing injury to point to. Gaborik, for all his brittleness, doesn't really have a consistent cause. Early in his career it was mostly hip/groin stuff, but recently that hasn't been the problem. He's hurt his back, concussion, cut his knee, separated a shoulder, sprained his knee, broke his collarbone, broke his foot and a few undisclosed injuries. Lots of shit, but I'm not convinced he could be excluded from insurance over any of it.
The other way is to take out private insurance. I don't think there's any way to know how that works.