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03-04-2013, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by habsroom View Post
We lost Francois Beauchemin on waviers when Gainey sent sent him down to the AHL thinking he didn't have to go threw the wavier wire. I know not as bad but still sad for a GM and the rest of the staff not to know the rules.
Not true. At the time of the lockout (like this year) teams wanted their young players to go to the AHL, play together, develop there, etc. However, the waiver wire was still in place. The GMs apparently had a "handshake" rule in place where you wouldn't claim other teams' young players off of waivers, since everybody had waiver-eligible guys they wanted to send down. Columbus broke the deal by claiming Beauchemin when the Habs tried to send him to the minors, and the next day the league modified the rules so that players wouldn't have to clear waivers to go to the minors.

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