Friday, January 25, 2008

So much for an all-star break

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has assigned right wing Devin Setoguchi, center Tomas Plihal, goaltender Thomas Greiss and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to the Worcester Sharks, the team’s top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.
>> team release
The Sharks are far from the only team demoting its prospects over the all-star break, but the guy that really stands out here is Vlasic. He's been a regular NHLer for 130 games, never played in the minors, yet now he gets a four-day audition with Worcester.

A strange turn of events.

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12 Comments:

At 2:23 PM, January 25, 2008, Blogger Matt said...

Too bad they aren't on waivers. Vlasic would be a nice pickup for any team.

 
At 2:29 PM, January 25, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

That's quite the pickle.

 
At 2:30 PM, January 25, 2008, Anonymous ken said...

Darn it, saskhab, you beat me to it!

 
At 3:05 PM, January 25, 2008, Blogger Aaron said...

More Seminov and Davison. Greeaaaaat.

 
At 3:15 PM, January 25, 2008, Anonymous M said...

Clearing cap space for a move.

 
At 4:16 PM, January 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They don't need cap space. The Sharks are well under.
And all those guys make minimum wage. What would be the point of sending them down, salary-wise?
It's playing time for the rooks.
Not sure what they're trying to prove with Vlasic.

 
At 4:44 PM, January 25, 2008, Anonymous PPP said...

It's four days that their wages don't count towards the salary cap. It might not seem like much but I am sure someone could figure out what it equals pro-rated over the year at the deadline.

 
At 4:55 PM, January 25, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

As anonymous says, the Sharks are $10M below the cap (according to NHLSCAP.com) - roughly enough space to add Richards, Lecavalier and St. Louis at their pro-rated salaries. The money for these rookies is relative peanuts.

 
At 5:13 PM, January 25, 2008, Blogger PPP said...

$10M? Wow. Did not know that. Rookie hazing?

 
At 5:22 PM, January 25, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

You almost hope there's an injury scare in the AHL because of this. Just a scare, mind you, to make them think twice about making them work when they should be getting time off. Especially for the Pickle.... he's a sophmore for crying out loud.

 
At 9:32 PM, January 25, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

PPP: It's a funny thing. When Burke was whining that 'we don't have a salary cap' because 'teams are stashing one-way contracts in the minors', I thought he was right, but for the wrong reason. The cap isn't an issue for many teams because they're so far below it.

Here's a list (again courtesy of NHLSCAP.com of teams with over $6M of space this year (aka the Brian McCabe Line):

Atlanta, $6.0M
Chicago, $6.4M
Columbus, $8.9M
Los Angeles, $7.7M
Nashville, $16.3M
NY Islanders, $7.2M
Phoenix, $14.6M
Pittsburgh, $12.0M
San Jose, $10.6M
Tampa Bay, $6.4M
Washington, $14.8M

Obviously that's going to change for Pittsburgh and Washington next year.

Hmm... now that I look at it, I guess it is surprising in that San Jose is the only team in the top four of either conference on that list.

 
At 9:34 PM, January 25, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

Link fixed: NHLSCAP.com.

 

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