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BREAKING: Gary Bettman Decides Fate Of Teams Linked To 2018 Hockey Canada Investigation

Published February 5, 2024 at 7:18 PM
BY GRAHAM MONTGOMERY
     
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The investigation into five members of 2018 team Canada at the WJC got another big update today as London police held a press conference regarding the matter. Now we got another update from the NHL on the same issue.

Insider Reveals Bettman's Plans For Players In Hockey Canada Investigation



Three NHL teams are currently missing key members of their roster as they have been taken into custody for their involvement in the 2018 Hockey Canada investigation. The Flyers are missing starting goaltender Carter Hart, the Flames are missing defenseman Dillon Dube, and the Devils are missing both Cal Foote and Michael McLeod. However, each of these teams now seem to be in line for some cap relief according to Darren Dreger.

The Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames have been informed they will receive cap relief for the players on Leave charged in the 2018 World Junior criminal proceedings.

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It is not known whether the league will grant each team the full amount of their cap hits in salary relief or if it will be a partial reimbursement. Either way, this creates a unique opportunity for these teams to take advantage of some new found cap space.

Bettman Awaits Trial Conclusion Before making Final Decision About Players Involved In Hockey Canada Scandal



The commissioner also reported today that the league would wait until the trial concludes before they make any further statements regarding the future of the players involved. It would seem as though they could have a chance to play in the league again should the jury find them not guilty.

During NHL All-Star Weekend, commissioner Gary Bettman told the media the league will «await the conclusion of the judicial proceedings» before making a decision on the future of the players.


That being said, it is yet to be seen whether or not any team would even want to deal with signing one of these players in the event that they are found not guilty. Public perception could be very different from that of the Jury, which could lead to backlash that teams would rather like to avoid. That is a bridge we will have to cross when we get to it.
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