NHL Revises Rules Regarding Taxi Squads, More For Rest Of 2021-22 Season

Prior to resuming the 2021-22 season on Tuesday night after a four-day pause due to COVID-19, the NHL revised its rules on a couple of points, including taxi squads, for the remainder of the campaign. Here is an overview of the rules:

NHL Revised Emergency Exception Rules:

  • Emergency Exception ($0 Cap Hit) now eligible for players who cost no more than $1 million over the salary cap (up from $850,000)
  • If a team is short 12 forwards and six defensemen due to COVID-19, they can recall without playing short one game
  • If a team is short 2 goaltenders for any reason, they can recall without playing short

Taxi Squad:

  • Now through All-Star Weekend (February 4-5 in Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • 6 skaters max
  • 20 days on taxi squad max
  • Treated as in AHL for salary cap purposes and injuries
  • Ineligible:
    • On NHL Roster on December 22
    • waivers exempt
    • on NHL Roster 54 days
    • played 16 of last 20 NHL Games
  • If players on taxi squad do not earn a year of professional experience for CBA purposes, each NHL game played by team while player is on taxi will count as a professional game (not an NHL game)

The Washington Capitals are set to return to practice at 12 noon ET on Monday and host the Nashville Predators on Wednesday (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington in-market, ESPN+ out-of-market).

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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