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by Alanah McGinley on 06/28/11 at 04:52 PM ET
From Jesse Spector at The Blueshirts Blog:
According to the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, a player must clear waivers before he can be bought out of a contract. The process, though, is fraught with confusion, especially in the case of Rangers captain Chris Drury.
Drury did not go on waivers today, which apparently means the Rangers have one more chance tomorrow to make him available to the entire league if they intend to buy him out by Thursday’s deadline. I say apparently because of the case of the one player who did go on waivers today, Minnesota Wild defenseman Cam Barker.
According to a pair of tweets from Bob McKenzie of TSN, “Barker’s waiver price is $26,250. Can’t be bought out unless it’s a waiver price of $125. So this is the first pass to see if anyone wants him. If he clears tomorrow at noon, MIN would have to put him back on $125 waivers if they want to buy him out.”
Further to that, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote, “(Wild GM Chuck) Fletcher won’t comment today, but the Wild will only say this doesn’t mean it’s definitely buying him out because he’s just on regular waivers.”
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