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Where NHL Teams "Stash" Mistakes. Is This Good For The AHL Long Term?

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03-07-2011, 04:31 AM
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Where NHL Teams "Stash" Mistakes. Is This Good For The AHL Long Term?

I see this hasn't been talked about on here yet so I figured i'd bring it up. I stumbled across this article:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...332602230.html

Apparently this is becoming a bit of a trend. Ia this necessarily a god thing for the AHL teams? Do they have to pay any of the money owed to that player or is it all done by the NHL team? If they do have to pay some to the player I could see this eventually becoming a problem for teams.

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no way do the AHL teams have to pay that. that would put most of them out of business in weeks.

There are pluses and minuses to this for the AHL, from my perspective. One plus, you probably get a guy who is probably a wee bit better than the average AHL talent.

On the minus side, it could really mess with team chemisty. And like in that article, it got "awkward" when the player was shelling out all the cash for like, everything.

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Four cases is not a pandemic, and I can't see this becoming terribly widespread simply because of the limits on veterans in the AHL. If those limits were to disappear, this could have the potential to be a very serious issue, but I doubt that happens any time soon.

Plus, it's not like these guys are being sent down strictly because of their contracts. Leighton was outplayed in camp, and Redden and Commodore were atrocious with their respective clubs before hitting the waiver wire. Souray wasn't really anything special last year with the Oilers, although the argument could be made that he was hampered all year by injuries.

I think this is good for the AHL. Having a two-time All-Star like Redden on your roster can really help raise a club's profile, and more talented players with NHL experience can make for better quality hockey.

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Wow, the Wall Street Journal really uncovered a big secret there. It's been going on longer than the article implies, it's just the bigger contracts make it all the more noticeable.

Most of these guys come down and do nothing, often times they hurt the team by sulking the whole year. See: Peter Schaefer.

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