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Clark, Schultz On LTIR

Jeff Schultz is having surgery on his broken finger today and has been placed on long term injured reserve. Chris Clark, meantime, has also been placed on long term injured reserve with a stress fracture in his right forearm. Per the CBA, both players must miss 10 games and won't be eligible to return until Dec. 19.

By putting Schultz and and Clark on LTIR, the Caps, who are pretty much up against the salary cap ceiling, can replaced Schultz's $763,889 cap hit as well as Clark's $2.63 million hit.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 26, 2008; 9:57 AM ET
 
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Are we back in business with the "Semin-Nator?"

Posted by: SA-Town | November 26, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Well, that explains things. Hope they are both only out for the minimum time.

Posted by: _Mark | November 26, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Oh damn, sucks to hear about Clarkie's arm.. He has the worst luck with injuries.

Luckily, we have capable farm hands, and we can afford them now!

Posted by: _jordan | November 26, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

yeah that does suck for clark. hope he recovers quickly.

Posted by: goskinsgo | November 26, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I'm extremely curious as to what the lines are.

Posted by: koalatek | November 26, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

You have to feel sorry for the guy. Loses a season to a groin injury, struggles to get back in form and starts to get his timing back (he did have a few chances on this western tour), now a fracture?

He'd be better off with no luck than the luck he's been getting.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 26, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

From a long term look, it is good both of them can still skate and stay in condition while they are recovering.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 26, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Too bad Schultz can come back on Dec 19th

Posted by: ButterSchultz | November 26, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

It's all Mrs. 117's fault, she went to Clark's Q&A last night, and to last year's Hockey and Hells event when Pettinger got traded the day after.

Posted by: Section117 | November 26, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Good point SA-Town. They can continue other conditioning work and be ready to go as soon as they are recovered.

Posted by: _Mark | November 26, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Too bad Schultz can come back on Dec 19th

Posted by: ButterSchultz | November 26, 2008 10:18 AM
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You're an idiot.

Posted by: Section117 | November 26, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Anybody at Kettler:

Are Sami and Bourque still wearing 42 and 56 respectively? I'm considering a jersey purchase for tonight.

Posted by: _jordan | November 26, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Welcome home Karl Alzner!

Posted by: capsfansince74 | November 26, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

dont expect to see alzner for too long. i believe if he plays more than 10 games this season then that counts as one year of service against his rookie contract (as always, i could be wrong) my guess is you'll see sami here for the duration of schultz injury and karl's here to spell erskine/green.

as for the cap, since both clark and schultz are on LTIR, then can replace them with players of equal or less salary. something tells me clarks stress fracture occured in gmgm's office when the undertaker "stressed" that perhaps clark was hurt so they could replace his salary. get well soon cap'n.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 26, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Every team loves having a Chris Clark-type player on their team and I still think Schultz has great potential, but lets face it, these guys weren't producing like they should. You never want to see a guy lose his job, even temporarily, through an injury but I am excited that Bourque, Alzner, Lepisto and Mink are given some real opportunities here. Competition breeds results!

Posted by: dsphvywght | November 26, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

@ dcsportsfan1,

Players under a certain age and experience level have waiver exemption. Alzner's not waiver eligible until he (a) turns 23 (b) plays 160 NHL games or (c) plays 160 professional games after the age of 20.

Posted by: capsbluelinedotcom | November 26, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, I know you have steadfastly refused to report the Caps' cap situation, but Japers' Rink chronicled it in detail, sourced to a team official, here:

http://japersrink.blogspot.com/2008/11/tuesday-roundup.html

Posted by: baddabing1 | November 26, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

all these serious injuries at once! OY! Poor Clarkie-I also had a stress fracture in my forearm and it was brutal. (maybe that explains his low production?)

I'm taking a first-timer to the game tonight-ought to be interesting!

Posted by: RedBirdie | November 26, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I swear Schultz has degrading photos of McPhee and or Boudreau, because this teams love affair with him is perplexing. He isnt a top 4 defenseman in the AHL more or less a team which hopes to go deep in the playoffs.

He's 6'6 and plays like he's 5'6. He's lucky to 6'6 because otherwise he would be serving coffee and bread bowls at Tim Horton's

Posted by: ButterSchultz | November 26, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

@ dcsportsfan1,

Players under a certain age and experience level have waiver exemption. Alzner's not waiver eligible until he (a) turns 23 (b) plays 160 NHL games or (c) plays 160 professional games after the age of 20.

Posted by: capsbluelinedotcom | November 26, 2008 10:39 AM

i think the 10 game limit applies to whether he remains under the entry level salary structure, not waiver requirements. if he plays 10 games that counts as 1 year towards the 3 years he's under the entry salary structure. i think that's important if he becomes the dominant dman we expect. thats one more year at cap friendly salary and one more year we can push out his next deal.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 26, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

i think the 10 game limit applies to whether he remains under the entry level salary structure, not waiver requirements. if he plays 10 games that counts as 1 year towards the 3 years he's under the entry salary structure. i think that's important if he becomes the dominant dman we expect. thats one more year at cap friendly salary and one more year we can push out his next deal.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 26, 2008 10:54 AM


The entry level salary structure is a consideration, but my understanding of the CBA is that Alzner is excluded from waivers by section 13.4 (page 66) of the CBA: http://www.nhl.com/cba/2005-CBA.pdf :

13.4 Exempt Players. Players who meet the criteria set forth below are exempt from
Regular and Re-Entry-Waivers:

SKATERS
Age/Years from
Signing
–NHL/NHL Games
Played

18 5 160
19 4 160
20 3 160
21 3 80
22 3 70
23 3 1

Posted by: capsbluelinedotcom | November 26, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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