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Why the 7 day and 24 day IR in the NHL

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What is the difference between the 7 day and 24 day IR? Is there any incentive to put a player on the 24 day IR if he is expected to be out longer than 3 weeks?

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Players are put on injured reserve generally to open up a roster spot, as players on IR don't count against the roster limits. Additionally, players on long term injured reserve don't count against the cap so there is an option to get replacement players in.

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Riz just said above. 7 day IR = opens a roster spot, but injured player salary still counts. 24 IR = opens a roster spot + removes players salary from cap total, so injured player salary will not count.

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In real life, placing a player on the 24-day IR does not remove his salary from the cap. It enables the team to exceed the cap by the difference of the injured player's salary and the remaining cap space. So if a team has $1.0 million of available cap space, and a player with a salary cap hit of $5.0 million is injured, the team can exceed the cap by $4.0 million. Conversely, if that same team had $6.0 million in available cap space, they would not receive any relief. I'm assuming coding this into the game, along with the associated roster movement shenanigans to maximise the benefit, is more trouble than it is worth.

Also, is there a way to retroactively place a player on 24-day IR in the game? I had a player who was supposed to be out for "about two weeks" but only resumed light practice after four weeks and was another week before he was at 100%. So he spent almost five weeks on the 7-day IR.

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