Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/23/07 at 10:06 AM ET
from the Buffalo News,
Ryan was summoned to Buffalo on an emergency recall and must be returned to the minor leagues once the Sabres have 12 other healthy forwards.
The Sabres could bring him back right away, but teams are allowed only four standard recalls while their American Hockey League affiliates are still alive in the playoffs. The Sabres have already used two on wingers Drew Stafford and Clarke MacArthur and might want to remain flexible.
Buffalo General Manager Darcy Regier isn’t a huge fan of the NHL’s arcane rules, which were designed to safeguard AHL teams in the playoffs, but often hurt the parent club….
“The fly in the ointment with this system is the four-recall rule,” Regier said. “NHL teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs benefit from their minor-league team not being in the [AHL] playoffs because they can access their players freely.”
more... One question, who approved the rule? Every NHL team has to live by this, so try to fix it instead of complain about it.
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