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Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Howard cap hit

Just to highlight a point already made about Jimmy Howard -- he will count against the Red Wings' salary cap, but not at full rate.

Howard, who was slated to go to Grand Rapids, will remain with the Red Wings until he's ready to return from a broken finger. Injured players cannot be sent down. It's a CBA feature that stops teams from cheating the cap by hiding injured players, who do count against the cap unless they're put on long-term injured reserve.

Howard's cap hit will be on a pro-rated basis (days with the Red Wings last winter) and it shouldn't be large enough to bump a player to Grand Rapids. Howard played just four games last season. He will, however, count against the 23-man roster limit.


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