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01-17-2013, 04:22 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.
Healthy scratch would just be wasting a roster spot. Why do that when you can get rid of him? It's not like he's going to join another team and really hurt you. The only other concern is how it reflects on your organization, which would be poorly if they pass up on the chance to do it now only to make him sit home all season and do it this summer.

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