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09-15-2012, 06:58 AM
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seanlinden
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Somebody correct me if I'm wrong... but I think the reasoning is:

- When you assign a (2-way player) who's not waiver exempt (basically all these guys) to the AHL, their contracts become of AHL variety and not subject to lockout. The NHL team gets to force them to the AHL team, at the salary dictated in their NHL contract.

- If they didn't "assign" them before the lockout, then these players would be free to play wherever they'd like during the lockout, including potentially a new contract with any AHL team, where they could demand more money as well.

To me, Boychuk is the guy that stands out on this list as not belonging (if I'm Brian Burke I'd pick him up and then just negotiate with him to sign an AHL deal)... I guess the Canes figured that they were prepared to lose his rights in order to get him on their AHL team for the lockout.

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