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01-29-2013, 09:11 PM
Holden Caulfield
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Originally Posted by Monarchist View Post
If this is true, what is the downside of putting in a waiver claim on a player who you know you won't get because some team with higher priority already claimed him? Why not preserve rights by putting in a claim for every single player who is waived and claimed, just in case?
All claims are put in blind. A player is placed on waivers, then is on waivers for 24 hours. All teams have the option of putting in a claim, but nobody knows who else puts in a claim. The NHL then awards the player to the top waiver priority team that put a claim in. Teams are only informed if they are the succesful claim, nobody ever knows who else put a claim in.

It's not a situation where the go down the list offering the player.

So you would then be required to keep that player if you happen to be the claiming team. Sure you could just put a claim on every player and then waive if you don't want, but it costs money (I believe 50K per successful claim) so I don't see teams doing this for players they don't intend to at least try out.


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