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Betts Fails Physical, Returned To Flyers

via Scott MacArthur tweet,

Blair Betts (shoulder) returned to #Flyers by #Habs as damaged goods, reports @TSNBobMcKenzie

Betts had been claimed on waivers by the Canadiens.

added 2:12pm,

NEW YORK (October 9, 2011)—Forward Blair Betts, who was claimed on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens from the Philadelphia Flyers on October 5, has been returned to the Flyers, per NHL By-Law 11.8 (a),  the National Hockey League announced today.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman rendered the decision after reviewing submissions from both Clubs.  By-Law 11.8 (a) states: “The Member Club acquiring a player by waiver claim shall take an assignment of the player’s contract. Nevertheless, if the Commissioner determines that a player acquired by waiver claim is not physically fit at the time the claim is made, the Member Club making the claim may refuse to take an assignment of such player’s contract and the request for waivers shall be cancelled.”

In reaching his decision, Commissioner Bettman stated: “While it is clear that both clubs have acted in good faith in this unique situation (i.e. a waiver claim), I am not prepared to dispute the conclusion of the Montreal Club doctors that Mr. Betts was physically unfit to play at the time of the claim. Therefore, it is my decision that, per League By-Laws, the appropriate resolution to this matter is to restore the parties to the position they were in prior to the waiver claim on Oct. 5.”


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How can Bettman claim that “both parties clearly acted in good faith”?
Philly waived an injured player, which they are not allowed to do.

The Habs had waived Woywitka in order to clear a roster spot to claim Betts, now they have neither. They could have used Woywitka with Campoli injuring himself longterm in Game 1… but thanks to the Flyers they no longer have him.

The Flyers should have to give a compensatory low pick to the Habs and a fine as punishment if this league was in any way serious about policing teams who circumvent the rules.. but that is clearly not Bettman’s NHL.

Posted by GMan777 on 10/09/11 at 05:20 PM ET

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