Sunday, July 24, 2005

New CBA curio

From Larry Brooks (good writer) in the NY Post:

The league may have eliminated the Waiver Draft, but the new CBA institutes what is known as "re-entry waivers." Now, not only do players have to clear waivers on the way down, they must be re-placed on waivers and made available to all clubs in order to be recalled.

Plus, if a player is selected by another club when placed on re-entry, the original team will both have to pay and be charged with 50 percent of his salary under the cap

I'm starting to think that this will really be a free agent league from now on, with a real emphasis on Pro scouting as opposed to Amateur. Everything is designed to punish a team for making mistakes (ie. Waiver rule) and there's less reason to develop from within, especially with a reduced age of free agency. Defencemen and goalies take less time to develop so a team will see very little return on their investment. A bad guess with Adam Oates not only costs you his salary, but also the salary that a better player would have cost.


collin said...

The waiver's original rationale was to free up players who were stuck on one team's vindictive/deep farm system.
I don't get this one at all.
It might be there to reward a minor leaguer who has the season of his life in Scranton making $45,000 on a two-way contract.
If an NHLer passes waivers on the way down, it's unlikely he'll be snapped up on the way back up. Though now it's much cheaper to do.

The CBA is full of stuff like this. For example, if three-years out, a team's first-round draft pick is in a qualifying offer situation then the head scout and assitant trainer have to fight a top the Zamboni with pool cues during the first intermission of the first home game after the All-star break (Pg 245, para 4, line d). If no team scores after five rounds of a sudden death shootout, both teams fold (Pg 65, para 4, line b).
The price of beer in all buildings will go up 10 cents for every game that team plays over the .500 mark (Pg 1, para 1, line a).

Back to reality, as free agents go, the built-in Canadian disadvantage still exists. $7.6 million in a us market is taxed much less than $7.6 million in Canada.

Sometimes I think that God hates the NHL so much.


mike w said...

I think it's the same principle behind the buy-out rule. If you put a overpaid guy on waivers and he clears you don't first crack at resigning him at a reduced price.

What's interesting is that Hatcher et al were actually placed on waivers today. Of course, no one is gonna buy them because they become unrestricted with no salary once they clear waivers.