People keep saying this but if they understood, at all, how things work they would realize what a ridiculous claim that is. In order for a player to be placed on the LTIR the teams medical staff have to declare him unfit to play. At which point, because of the salary cap, this claim needs to be verified by the National Hockey League by an independent medical examiner. Once both of those things are done, the contract is then paid off by an insurance company and guess what they do before they cut a multi million cheque? They have yet another independent medical examiner go through their examination. It is absolutely impossible for a team to put an otherwise healthy player on LTIR. It would require the team to be involved with a conspiracy with the league, and the goal of the conspiracy is to defraud the insurance company and guess what, the conspiracy requires the insurance company themselves to be in on it in order to defraud themselves.