The NHL CBA was actually prophesied in the 16th century by this old dude
NOTE: There is now a permanent link to this Waiver FAQ in the menu, under “Resources” (2005 NHL CBA Waiver FAQ).
One thing that confuses the heck out of people is a player’s waiver status. It is so confusing that even CBA guru’s for NHL team’s get it wrong from time to time. Case in point of this is a situation that happened before the start of last year in which Rick Olczyk was asked about Gilbert Brule’s waiver status. In fairness, Olczyk had not yet researched the question when asked. But he responded by saying that Brule did not need to clear waivers to be sent down. Several bloggers (including yours truly) and CBA-expert-wannabe’s pointed out that Brule did in fact have to clear waivers. Several panicked at the thought that the Oilers might actually send him down at the start of the year and foolishly place him on waivers (which I think was a bit of a stretch, but still was an interesting case proving how cryptic the CBA is).
Before I sound like a know it all when it comes to the CBA for calling the Brule status right, I can say that I’ve made my share of mistakes too and have had to re-read over many different sections dozens of times to get a slight grasp of a particular section. It’s confusing probably to even the fellows that wrote it, no doubt. At any rate, I’ve done some digging around, and thanks to some guys who have done a bit of ground work such as NHLSCAP, cross-referenced with the CBA and various smart forumers, I figured I’d clear up a few questions/misunderstandings in regards to waiver status. This eventually will be a bit of a waivers resource for you junior GMs out there, and as such I’ll try and update this as required and if anyone has anything to add to it. Soooo.. *breathes deeply*, here goes. Continue reading 'Decrypting the 2005 NHL CBA: NHL Waivers – The Ultimate Waiver Bible'»
How Tambellini makes his decisions...
So continuing with a tradition that we started last year, we are posting our predictions on the 2010-11 NHL season. We had this done a couple of days ago, but didn’t want yesterday’s game to stomp this post into non-existence.
Without further ado, here are our predictions for the 2010/11 Season. Please feel free to add your own in the comments… Continue reading '2010/11 Prediction Thread'»
Will Souray be placed back on waivers? What about reassignment / recalled?
So today is the first day of waivers for the purpose of reassignment (meaning that team’s can now assign a player who cleared waivers to their AHL team, etc..). Just started minutes ago. Wade Redden has hit the waiver wire, as has Christobal Huet (Edit: now Michael Nylander). Will we see Souray on this list too eventually? I’m not sure if the Oilers want to be on for half the hook of Souray’s salary. Of course, they can waive him with out reassigning him too. Not sure what they intend to do. A $2.75M cap hit for Souray would be a tasty bargain for any teams out there, but that leaves the Oilers playing the rest of the tab, and I’m not sure they’d be willing to do that.
They’ve got time to think about it, so I kind of don’t think they’ll do it yet and will try to get some value of some sort for him (as difficult as that sounds). Personally, I’m kind of wondering if the best idea is to just cut him loose with all the players we have fighting for spots here (do we need someone else?). I know that’s bad asset management, but as everyone keeps saying, we’re not getting draft picks or prospects for this guy. We’ll be getting guys Continue reading 'First Day of Waivers for Purpose Of Reassignment'»
...just in case you were wondering
Who rumors that a guy passed away when he isn’t dead yet? Damn you, Twitter.
“Pat Burns just called me. Seriously,” McKenzie posted. “Here’s what he said, ‘Here we go again. They’re trying to kill me before I’m dead. I come to Quebec to spend some time with my family and they say I’m dead. I’m not dead, far f—— from it. They’ve had me dead since June. Tell them I’m alive. Set them straight.’”
This whole situation reminds me of Monty Python’s The Holy Grail – “I’m not dead!…. Feeling fine!!! I think I’m going to pull through..”
edit: for those wondering what this article is about…. CTV and several others had reported that Pat Burns passed away this morning. This post was initially to state that, but has since changed to what you see now.
The NHL / PA would be wise to plan ahead for the battle to come..
So I’ve been mulling over some ideas on how to improve the NHL’s salary cap. I think we know the NHL’s cap has issues, and this is proven in contracts such as Kovalchuk’s, Luongo’s, Hossa’s and more. As well, I think the guaranteed contracts are a bit of an issue (but I have a pretty simple thought that still keeps the guaranteed funds).
Player cap calculation
Currently, a player’s salary cap is calculated in a fairly simple way. Add up all the salary values of the contract and divide by the number of years the contract is for, and you get your cap hit. Players signed to a contract that starts at age 35 and over have their cap hit stay on the team’s payroll (i.e. cap hit) no matter what (well with some very very unlikely exceptions).
As we’ve seen with Kovalchuk’s rejected contract as well as several other contracts Continue reading 'Some thoughts on salary cap improvements for the next CBA'»