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08-04-2011, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Teemu View Post
A clever move--it doesn't waste a year of free agent eligibility since both will probably stay in the AHL all year anyway. Have any other teams tried this?
Yes it happened a few times last year. For example, last year there was :
-Nicola Riopel (drafted in 2009 by the Flyers) signed with Adirondack.
-Michael Pelech (drafted in 2009 by the Kings) signed with Manchester.
-Maxime Legault (drafted in 2009 by the Sabres) signed with Portland.
-Kyle Neuber (drafted in 2009 by the Blue Jackets) signed with Springfield.

In those cases, I don't think it was about saving free agency years. I think it was just a way for teams to evaluate their players at the AHL level and to see if they are worth an ELC.

For the story, none of the four players above ended being signed to an ELC and they all became free agents on June 2011. However, Legault was re-signed by Buffalo's farm team.

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