So did we every decide anything on this? We best do so promptly as camps are opening this weekend I think.
The other thing we need to figure out is....
T A X I ' S Q U A D S
If you've not heard, these squads are a covid mechanism whereby teams can have an assigned shadow group of players who are available at all times to be on their roster (whether on paper or in actuality) should someone get suddenly ill. These players will likely all be AHL players (green flags).
Now, perhaps I'm being too much of a nervous Norman, but I do worry this new covid mechanism could cause logistical problems for our rosters when it comes to flags/call-ups/cap space.
Here is a partial breakdown:
ontheforecheck . com wrote:The taxi squad will comprise four to six players. Those players on the squad who require waivers will still be held to those same rules, and recalls must happen before 5 p.m. The new rules also require that a goalie be part of the squad if a third goalie is not already part of the regular season roster.
Here’s where things get interesting: because the taxi squads will likely be made up of AHL players, they will be treated as such for the entirety of their stay on the squad. This means they can practice with the team, join team activities, and travel, but aren’t allowed to participate in AHL activities. This also means there will be no cap hit for players on the squad—it will be treated like buried cap space, as if they were playing in the minors, as stated in the tweet above—and if a player is injured, they will be treated as if it occurred while playing in the minors. As for compensation, two-way players will receive “minors” salary, while one-way players will receive the standard NHL salary rate, again according to CapFriendly.
And here is Capfriendly's breakdown (tweet below):
I guess my concern is that fantrax is going to fuck this up somehow because there is going to be a lot
of movement and it could require significant manual manipulation by empee and Dr C.https://www.ontheforecheck.com/2020/12/22/22194493/breaking-down-the-taxi-squad-ahead-of-the-2021-nhl-season-nashville-predators-ahl-call-ups