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Hecht 09-30-2003 04:43 PM

Brian Berard
Do the Bruins have to protect him for the waiver draft or because of his UFA status is he exempt?


#37-#93-#27* 09-30-2003 04:44 PM

He is no longer their property so no they don't. Being a UFA means no teams own his rights (right terminology?).

Hecht 09-30-2003 06:25 PM

okay...after the whole arbitration mess..it was kind of a grey area in my mind.. thanks

Dorthmall 09-30-2003 06:51 PM

Are you sure Berard is a UFA?

I thought Boston had the right to match any offer less than 2 million? So, does that mean he's a RFA?

I have no idea what that means for the waiver draft though.

Benji Frank 09-30-2003 07:47 PM

I might be wrong, but I don't think you nead to protect unsigned players ... definitely UFA's & I think this also includes RFA's. Once they sign though, they'll need to expose someone on their active roster for the required waiver period in order to activate the player......

Aaron Vickers 09-30-2003 07:51 PM

Didn't the arbitrator rule that the Bruins had to pay 'X' amount of dollars as Berards contract, otherwise he is an unrestricted free agent.

Berard is unrestricted, meaning no one holds his rights, meaning he does not have to be protected by Boston, since they lay about as much claim to him as Columbus does right now.

chrisg77 10-01-2003 05:10 AM

Its the same as Kristich(sp) a few years ago. They chose to walk away from the arbitrators decision making Berard unrestricted and free to sign with any team. The only right Boston has is the right to match any offer below $2.008 million. They don't have to protect him because they walked away and don't owe his rights anymore.

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