Heins and Heerema unprotected?
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10-01-2003, 06:45 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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I don't understand how Heerema could be exempt from the waiver draft, but had to be put on waivers in order to be sent down to Carolina's AHL affiliate.
I also don't think you can add a player to your protected list if you lose one.
the rules for the waiver draft and regular season waivers are slightly different...so there are rare exceptions where a player is exempt from the waiver draft but needs to clear regular waivers to go down. the most common reason is if a player loses his exemption due to years of service. a player entering his 3rd year doesn't officially become a 3rd year pro until the waiver draft ends, so during the waiver draft he is a 2nd year pro but afterwards he becomes a 3rd year pro and that extra year of service can change his waiver status...
and eventhough heerema might be exempt, if the rangers want him to clear waivers to go to hartford, they can expose him in the waiver draft rather than sending him thru by himself later
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