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09-14-2012, 12:51 PM
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Someone should claim Boychuk, but it won't happen. I think he could still be a decent scoring forward in a new scenery.

Originally Posted by Blind Gardien View Post
Well, what the league did in 2004-05 was to suspend the waiver process entirely for all players on 2-way contracts. Only problem is, the Habs sent Beauchemin down like 2 days before that happened, when waivers were still active. I don't think there was any "unwritten rule", the Habs just didn't really care enough to wait, or weren't aware they were going to get that chance 2 days later. Beauchemin wasn't seen as any hot commodity at the time, although he was a good AHL player.

Maybe once the CBA actually expires on Saturday night, they will be able to do this again? Might some teams be waiting for that to make their assignments?
IIRC, the whole Beauchemin thing could have been avoided if the Habs had simply told him to sign an AHL deal directly with Hamilton, instead they wanted to assign him there directly (which meant going on waivers due to his pro experience at the time).

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