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Wellwood Claimed By Sharks

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

San Jose claims Kyle Wellwood on waivers from STL.

added 12:19pm, via Darren Pang tweet,

Wellwood just said he’s been thru all the time zones the last few yrs. He wanted to be a Blue, felt the chance to play was best in St Louis

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NHLJeff's avatar

Poor Blues. They keep getting screwed.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 01/18/11 at 03:14 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

It’s kind of funny, unless you’re a Blues fan.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/18/11 at 03:15 PM ET

WingMan's avatar

Meh, I think they rule should be only teams below the ‘signing’ team are eligible to claim these types of players…

Mind you, if a guy is being signed at this point in the season he is hardly an ‘impact’ player - but obviously would have filled a void for the injury riddled Blues.

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 01/18/11 at 03:21 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

WingMan, I like that idea. Seems to make sense.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 01/18/11 at 03:24 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

This makes sense, if only to keep him away from the Blues, considering the Sharks look to be in the same dogfight the Blues are in.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 01/18/11 at 03:35 PM ET


Meh, I think they rule should be only teams below the ‘signing’ team are eligible to claim these types of players…

I was thinking the same thing.  I don’t get why a team higher in the rankings gets to claim him…

and for only half of his salary.

Are you sure about that?  I didn’t think it was re-entry waivers…

Posted by Garth on 01/18/11 at 03:46 PM ET

WingMan's avatar

Yea, I am pretty sure the Sharks are on the hook for the whole salary.  2 new bodies in SJ as of today - someone on the way out?

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 01/18/11 at 03:51 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Andrew Desjardins, Brandon Mashinter and Justin Braun sent to Worcester.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/18/11 at 03:54 PM ET


San Jose loading up on scrubs this morning for their annual playoff collapse.

Posted by StevieSteve on 01/18/11 at 03:55 PM ET


This rule needs to change. As it stands now, if you want to sign a player over from Europe, unless you massively overpay a player or give him additional years, he’s almost certainly going to get snagged by a competitor. Why bother taking the time to woo a player from overseas, work out the fine print with his former employer, set up and sign a contract if all your hard work is more likely to help a rival than yourself?

At some point—and it’s probably now—teams are going to stop trying to get players midseason from overseas, because it’s not worth the almost-guaranteed chance that someone else will snag said player. Even though there are plenty of players—like Svatos, Wellwood, Nabokov—who are willing to make the switch and able to help out an NHL team immediately. So even though it would be a good addition, and would work under the cap, teams aren’t going to be willing to take the risk.

That screws players who want to come back to the NHL, and it screws NHL fans by preventing teams from putting the best possible product out on the ice. Frustrating.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 01/18/11 at 04:54 PM ET


This rule needs to change.

It certainly does.

I understand the waiver-claim rule in general, you’re giving a guy on an NHL contract the chance to play in the NHL and earn an NHL salary when his team has, in theory, given up on him.

In this case, St Louis signed a guy they thought could help the team, and they’re giving the guy a chance to play in the NHL and earn an NHL salary, so why should another team be able to cherry pick him?

Posted by Garth on 01/18/11 at 06:00 PM ET


The rule makes sense that they don’t want teams to stash players in Europe to avoid the cap hit and then bring them in the last second to bulk up their team. It is also designed to make players think twice about playing overseas since their fate is no longer in their hands when they return, but the rule needs to be modified to at least make it teams below you in the standings that can grab the player. You can also limit the number of times a team can lose a player to waivers or force the acquiring team to put a player on waivers as well, but as it stands now the team doing the negotiation is in a suckers position.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 01/18/11 at 06:43 PM ET

WingMan's avatar

Hm, Iike the idea of making the claiming team put one of their players on waivers as well…

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 01/18/11 at 07:08 PM ET

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