Thread: Confirmed with Link: Steve Begin gets proffesional tryout
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08-15-2012, 07:15 AM
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I think this is a stupid decision. Why bring a guy into camp who is a fringe player at best and hasn't played more than two NHL games in three years, including playing a single shift of professional hockey last season? The Flames need to focus on getting better and younger from inside the organization, not bringing in washed up 34 year olds and danglingna carrot in front of them. If they waste a professional contract on this clown I'll be disappointed, as it shows no direction for the hockey club. Begin hasn't been NHL caliber for two years. Give opportunity to players that have the potential to get better, not those who are on the way downhill and close to retirement.

Originally Posted by berto14 View Post
One aspect everyone seems to be forgetting is the fact that the CBA states that a minimum number of "veterans" must play every preseason game. The relevant section is here:

In order to give their regulars an extended break, last season the Canucks gave out a bunch PTO's to guys like Owen Nolan, Anders Eriksson, Niko Dimitrakos, Manny Legace, Todd Fedoruk and, you guessed it, Steve Begin. None of them had a realistic shot at making the team, but they all played in a handful of preseason games before being cut, helping the team ice the minimum number of "veterans" in their preseason games. Not sure if that's necessarily what's happening here, but it's an added benefit to a no-risk signing.
This is an interesting theory. Not really buying it, but it is an interesting theory.

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