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10-06-2003, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by igor

BTW: Here are the other teams (in order of priority) who would be able to claim Valiquette ahead of the Oilers)

1. Carolina
2. Pittsburgh
3. Columbus
4. Buffalo
5. San Jose
6. Nashville
7. Atlanta
8. Calgary
9. Montreal
10. Phoenix
11. NY Rangers
12. Los Angeles
13. Chicago
14. NY Islanders
15. Boston
Actually the Oilers get first right of refusal. When you pluck a player off the waiver wire, and then try to send him down, the team you got him from gets to decide whether or not they want him back.

Basically, it is as a benefit to the players. Generally if you are sent to the minors, you don't earn the same amount of money, so if you are sent down another team can pick you up off waivers and use you for their team. But if you get sent down again, you are no better off than before, hence your original team gets the choice of whether or not they want you back.

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