Monday, February 26, 2007

Waivers for dummies

At 4:41 PM, February 26, 2007, Nick said...

The Wings lost their number three (or maybe number four) goalie yesterday because he was place on waivers... I never really understood how the waiver system (or whatever you call it) works... I wasn't able to find much info on the net either. Any chance you could break it down for us, James?
Here's a quick rundown, in plain English, of how the NHL's waiver system works (for the original post on the nine players placed on waivers this afternoon, see here).

Essentially any player that has three professional seasons since signing his first contract, or who has played 180+ NHL games, must go through waivers before going to the AHL. The waiver system allows all 29 other NHL clubs to pick up that player, with teams lower down in the standings taking precedence over those at the top.

Players are on waivers for two days, and if they go unclaimed, they're off to the minors.

If they go to the minors and then return to the NHL club, players don't have to pass through waivers again unless they've been with the big club for 10+ games or 30+ days.



At 6:21 p.m., February 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If a player is picked up on waivers, are they then totally lost to their original team or is there some way (other than a trade)to get them back?


At 6:27 p.m., February 26, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Teams can reclaim their players should they be placed on waivers by their new teams. It's not that uncommon to see 'bubble' players shuttled around more than once on the waiver wire.

I believe netminder Craig Anderson was waived three times a few years back and had a second stint with Chicago via waivers, and Francois Bouillon spent four games with Nashville in 2002-03 before he was reclaimed by Montreal.

At 6:33 p.m., February 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sergei Samsonov passed through waivers last month, but then rejoined the Canadians right away. Why did he not have to pass through re-entry waivers before he could play?

Is there a rule where if you are not sent to the minors then you are able to play with your NHL club without passing through re-entry?

At 6:45 p.m., February 26, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Right. Samsonov was never demoted, so it was like he never left.

At 8:06 p.m., February 26, 2007, Blogger Pinder said...

isn't there a part about salary too? something like the team that picks someone off waivers only has to pay for half of the player's remaining contract and the original waiving team pays the other half.

At 8:10 p.m., February 26, 2007, Blogger Pinder said...

Also, teams that have fewer points have the right to claim a player before those with more points.

At 8:13 p.m., February 26, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Only after being placed on re-entry waivers (essentially being waived twice) will the team waiving a player be required to pick up a portion of his salary.

I already mentioned the team priority business.

At 10:44 p.m., February 26, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

Awesome, thanks James.


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