All through the winter, it seemed to me the Als kept hiring people all the time. This morning, I went to check their roster and started counting how many guys wer under contract with Montreal.
In the new rule book, it says "Limit on Players Under Contract to 75 players in off-season, 68 players by training camp (current year draft choices exempt)."
The Als currently have 78 players under contract, not counting their 7 draftees.
So here are my questions:
- Why is there a limit on the number of players you can hire during the winter?
- What's the penalty, if any, for busting the limit of 75?
- How do you go from 75 to 68 BEFORE training camp anyways, as you haven't had the chance to evaluate your guys yet?
I even wonder how a team gets to fairly evaluate this many people in such a short period of time. You have 46 roster spots, and probably about 35 returning players, this means about 40 guys compete for ten jobs.
I presume there must be a lot of gems that were cut by the different teams over the years just because they had so little time to display what they could do in training camp.