Translation: "We just can't have anything more than the bare minimum of players around. It's not like I spent this off-season doing something other than cramming $9.65-million in cap space into the nearest sewer grate in a fit of pique by handing an unproven, wheezing fatwad a 400% raise and signing an oft-injured chaos defender who we didn't need like TOTAL FUCKING MORON."
The Oilers decided not to bring in another forward -- probably Patrick Thoresen -- when they sent Marc Pouliot to Springfield, which means they only have 12 healthy forwards to go with six defencemen and two goalies. That's the bare minimum to field a lineup -- 20 guys. It's economics, because the Oilers have more than $48 million on their salary cap.
"We don't want to use it up," said GM Kevin Lowe. "We have some room, but not that much because Fernie (Fernando Pisani) is still on the cap. We just can't have excess players around. It's not like we're down around, say, $42 million or $43 million."
Ahh. Can I just say that a four-year extension was not long enough? I want Kevin Lowe to be my GM until one of us dies.
Meanwhile, Scarlett raises an interesting point in the above-linked post: doesn't Pisani's salary not count against the cap, given that the CBA states players with long-term injuries (out a minimum of 24 days and 10 games) are exempt? Fifteen games in and Pisani hasn't played a one, so where is this lesson in economics coming from, exactly?
Are we missing something about IR cap exemption rules? Are the Oilers holding out hope that Fernie will return any day now? Are they just being cheap? Someone help us out here.