In the other thread regarding this subject (which has remained inexplicably unmerged), it is pointed out that this is not intended as a fix for current top-6 center woes. Frankly, I'm not sure what it's for, but Howson has consistently failed to doom this franchise so far so I'm willing to be cautiously optimistic.
Remember - when you're a hockey fan, it's not "reckless driving", it's "good forechecking".
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Thanks, Howson, for cleaning up MacLean's toxic waste. Welcome, Kekalainen; let's get good things built!
Because Gratton was put on re-entry waivers, the remaining half of this contract now becomes a Tampa cap hit right?
Originally Posted by Mike Farkas
This isn't a bad move at all...of re-entry waivers...that's capable depth at bargain basement prices...
I agree. If Gratton plays on the 4th line, he's doing it at effectively $625,000. Columbus could do much worse for a 4th line center; if it fails to pan out, he walks at the end of the season as a UFA in a worst-case scenario - otherwise, they could stick him back on waivers and see if anyone else claims him. Either way, they're not getting stuck with any more than half of his remaining salary.