Monday, December 04, 2006

Goalie woes for Coach Crow


When you see netminder Barry Brust suit up in an NHL game, you know something's up.

In a story that didn't get a lot of pub, the Los Angeles Kings ran up against the new CBA's wacky waiver system last week with their goaltenders, causing Marc Crawford to go berserk after having a few Flaherty flashbacks. I take a quick look at just what happened at Globe on Hockey.

7 Comments:

At 7:33 AM, December 04, 2006, Anonymous snafu said...

Ah, but the teams have cost certainty! Nothing else matters.

 
At 9:28 AM, December 04, 2006, Anonymous BDH said...

It's tough to handcuff a team's minor league transactions at the goalie posiion... any talk of different waiver rules for Gs?

 
At 12:59 PM, December 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was under the impression that re-entry waivers had been struck down as a violation of U.S. labor law (as an unreasonable barrier to earning a living) but maybe I dreamed it. In any event, it hurts the players and it hurts the teams. Couldn't the NHL and PA just agreed to strike it from the deal?

 
At 6:37 PM, December 04, 2006, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

I was under the impression that re-entry waivers had been struck down as a violation of U.S. labor law (as an unreasonable barrier to earning a living) but maybe I dreamed it.

As have not heard of such a case, but I could see how requiring re-entry waivers for players on a two-way contract could be considered a violation of labor law. However, I'm not seeing the same justification for players on a one-way contract. Those players are going to make the same living regardless of where they play.

 
At 7:43 PM, December 04, 2006, Anonymous Kel said...

They amended the rule by making an exception for "Veteran Minor League Players", in order to satisfy the AHL player union. I guess Labrabara doesn't qualify.

The intention of the rule is to preven teams from signing/keeping too many good players by assiging some to the minor league and calling them up when needed. (Salary earned when playing for a minor league team doesnt' count towards the cap). The amendment supposedly protects minor leaguers who have the abiltiy in the NHL as a callup (but spends most of their career as AHLer) to earn some extra money.

 
At 8:02 PM, December 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crawford's goaltending problems started when he brought Cloutier to LA. Nice to see that he learned from last year's problems. I bet he'd have Bourque go in a shootout instead of Gretzky again too!

 
At 10:06 PM, December 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When we heard that LAK had extended Cloutier's contract without having him play even one game in a Kings uniform, a lot of Canucks fans spewed chocolate milk through their noses. Half the time he's on IR and the other half of the time he's just plain awful.

 

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