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Tweak The Waiver Wire Rule?

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Yzerman said he has no problem with Winnipeg making the claim (Antti Miettinen).

“Not at all,” he said. “If somebody else signed him, depending on the contract, we would have considered claiming him. They were well within the rules and were entitled to do it.”

The rule was put in place in order to stop teams from stockpiling players in Europe (thus circumventing the salary cap) and bringing them back to the NHL when needed. But the flaw is that the team that has done all the work signing the player is at a disadvantage when it comes to keeping him. That is why the Lightning tried to make the contract as unfriendly to other teams as possible by signing Miettinen to a two-year deal with a no-move clause.

“I don’t know if it’s fair or unfair, but there is a flaw to it,” Yzerman said. “I think it needs to be tweaked. Maybe, like, you can’t be claimed by a team higher than you in the standings, I don’t know.”

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Chris from NOHS's avatar

Yzerman’s idea makes sense.

Posted by Chris from NOHS from Denver CO on 12/13/11 at 09:11 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

How about making it work like the offer sheet rules, except opposite?

The more a payer gets paid by his new contract in situations like this, the less it costs a team to claim him.  Miettinen at $1.5M would be worth something like a third-rounder and a future 7th. Pay him $3M and that drops to a single 5th.

The purpose of the waiver rule is to keep NHL teams from hiding stars in Europe, right?  Antti Miettenin isn’t a star; we want to discourage teams from stealing other teams’ hard-found bargains while also discouraging teams from telling a guy like Jagr to play most of the year in an easy league before joining his team for the playoff push.

Of course, the compensation rules are going to take much more thought than that, but it’s a starting point.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/13/11 at 09:31 PM ET

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