Thread: Confirmed with Link: Vancouver Canucks sign Prab Rai
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03-27-2010, 01:49 AM
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Originally Posted by nuckfan in TO View Post
or maybe if they didn't sign him, another team would, and he would be on their AHL roster instead.

The Canucks could have just signed him to make sure he plays on the Moose and not another farm team. The same could be true for Rai... maybe all they project for him is a solid AHLer, but if they don't sign him - and hope that Manitoba will, as a UFA he could be signed by another NHL organization and play on their farm team instead.

Keep in mind that players signed by AHL teams are still available for all other NHL teams to sign, and if they do they become property of that team, and can therefore be moved to those farm teams instead. By the Canucks signing said player, he's guaranteed to be in the system where the Canucks want him to be, and not subject to a contract offer by another organization.
Your logic really doesn't make sense, NHL contracts are not thrown around lightly, an NHL team will not sign a farmhand because they are afraid another NHL team will sign them, that's silly, the AHL team can always sign another one if one gets an NHL deal.

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