Can Boston put him on waivers if he refuses to play next season? And then if so, assuming he won't get picked up by anyone, if he refuses to report to the B's AHL affiliate would that mean he could be suspended by the team and the Bruins wouldn't have his contract count against the cap?
It seems like a weird scenario that retired players would still count against the cap. Anyone know the purpose/intent of this rule?
Over 35 contract, no way to get it off the books even by suspension. I think it is even called the "Mogilny Rule"
The intent is to stop teams from signing old guys to lengthy contracts they have no intention of ever fulfilling. It would be too easy to circumvent the cap by signing a guy like Thomas at 37 years old to a 10 year deal that is front-loaded just to lower the cap hit.
I do think that this rule needs some tweaking though... maybe allow 2 year contracts for some stability.