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01-17-2013, 01:10 AM
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Originally Posted by punkr0x View Post
Couldn't they just make him a healthy scratch? He's not really suspended exactly, he's just not good enough to crack the lineup any more. If he requests to be sent down they could say they didn't want to risk losing him on waivers. Happens all the time. Obviously they've already waived him and gone public with their intent to buy him out, but I think the players would have had a very hard time proving this illegal suspension case if the teams had just kept quiet and scratched the players until next summer.
Even as a healthy scratch he would then still be practicing with the team, and then you go back to the risk of him being injured in practice and then not being able to buy him out if he had a long term injury.

By all accounts, both Montreal and Gomez are happy with this resolution, so I'm not sure what problem you're trying to solve.

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