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caley 01-26-2013 11:42 AM

Teams Interested in Brent Sopel
 
per Craig Custance
https://twitter.com/CraigCustance/st...85404841598979
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Couple teams looking for D have inquired about Brent Sopel, playing in the KHL (10 pts in 45 games). Shot-blocker, won Cup w/Blackhawks.
and per Dmitri Chesnokov in response to the news
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...and his team is in the permanent fire sale mode
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Yeah, don't think it would be too hard to get him to North America.
I was just noting the other day (for another project I have on the go) that he went from playing 22 games in the playoffs for the Stanley Cup champions, to being a sought-after deadline acquisition the next year (MTL gave up a 4th round pick and prospect for him) who played in all 7 of Montreal's playoff games to the KHL and no talk of him returning, which isn't unusual for European players but is for North Americans. I guess the dearth of quality defencemen has people looking for unconventional solutions. Plus, there are no restrictions on signing players from Europe and needing to put them on waivers for this season, to my knowledge.

Blackhawkswincup 01-26-2013 11:47 AM

I cant imagine him playing in NHL at this point

He was so slow at end of his time in NHL

Very happy for what Catfish did for Hawks but man was he brutal at times (Stepped it up in playoffs but in regular season we wanted to run him out of Chicago)

Jee 01-26-2013 11:47 AM

He's not an NHLer.

Fraser Read 01-26-2013 11:49 AM

He was the recipient of the majority of bad defenseman jokes here in Vancouver. And that was 10 years ago.

capitalsrock 01-26-2013 11:50 AM

not another crappy defenseman to Ottawa thread...

Krishna 01-26-2013 11:51 AM

Wouldn't he have to clear waivers?

Don't think he's getting past the Islanders :laugh:

Jee 01-26-2013 11:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Krishna (Post 58381351)
Wouldn't he have to clear waivers?

Don't think he's getting past the Islanders :laugh:

He is so going to be a Flyer.

Krishna 01-26-2013 12:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Jee (Post 58381389)
He is so going to be a Flyer.

That's not how the waiver wire works for the first part of the season.

I don't know how they changed the dates but from october until november 1st, it's by the previous season's record

Islanders were much worse

CREW99AW 01-26-2013 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Krishna (Post 58381351)
Wouldn't he have to clear waivers?

Don't think he's getting past the Islanders :laugh:

He was slow when he was an isles and that was yrs ago.

caley 01-26-2013 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Krishna (Post 58381351)
Wouldn't he have to clear waivers?

I'm pretty sure waivers for signed players out of Europe are not in effect for 2013. I know a Rangers beat writer confirmed that if Mats Zuccarello were to return from the KHL and join the Rangers, he would not have to clear waivers. I think this is for the shortened season.

deckercky 01-26-2013 01:04 PM

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Originally Posted by caley (Post 58384011)
I'm pretty sure waivers for signed players out of Europe are not in effect for 2013. I know a Rangers beat writer confirmed that if Mats Zuccarello were to return from the KHL and join the Rangers, he would not have to clear waivers. I think this is for the shortened season.

Makes sense....otherwise ROR wouldn't be able to play with Colorado even if he signed (since there's no chance he passes waivers).

Bubba88 01-26-2013 02:29 PM

good for depth
Sopel has some value as person for sure.

Lucbourdon 01-26-2013 02:34 PM

http://www.sportsnet.ca/gallery/2013...ker424_640.jpg

BEWARE!

Vorkosh 01-26-2013 03:13 PM

Sopes also has a problem skating backwards.. he tends to fall down.... a lot

ChoseLa 01-26-2013 03:17 PM

During his stint with the Habs he was ok on the PK but other than that he was completly washed up.

Mike Farkas 01-26-2013 04:33 PM

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Originally Posted by caley (Post 58384011)
I'm pretty sure waivers for signed players out of Europe are not in effect for 2013. I know a Rangers beat writer confirmed that if Mats Zuccarello were to return from the KHL and join the Rangers, he would not have to clear waivers. I think this is for the shortened season.

Is that (and ROR's situation) related to the prior club still owning the rights to the player (via restricted free agency) as opposed to a player like Sopel, who is unrestricted? I think if you own the rights to the player, waivers are not required.

DisgruntledHawkFan 01-26-2013 05:28 PM

He was horrible three years ago. It'd be laughable watching him play.


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