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by Paul on 12/13/11 at 04:23 PM ET
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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