Two-way contract just means that your salary is dependent on what league you're in. For instance, a guy on a two-way might make $105k in the AHL and $650k in the NHL. A guy on a one-way contract makes the same regardless of the league he's assigned.
General rule for waiver exemptions
For 18 or 19 year-olds who play in 11 NHL games: the exemption becomes three years for skaters, or four years for goalies, starting with the season the player plays his 11th game.
When a player 20 or older plays in his first professional game (i.e. NHL, AHL, or any other professional league game), the season in which that game is played counts as his first year of exemption.
(So, playing in an AHL game before you’re 20 — as many juniors players do after their juniors seasons end — doesn’t trigger anything.)
A player 25 or older who plays in one professional game is exempt for the remainder of that season only.
They've gotta keep it up. Imagine if they get Kreider and/or Miller back as rumored. Completely different team.
I would think they will get Kreider back now that Clowe and Zuccarello is on the Rangers. He was getting 3 minutes a game before Clowe, so I think he'll be going down to Hartford.
To be honest, Miller will be more helpful at center than Kreider on the wing because the team is more short in that position than with Hrivik, Mash, Yogan and Bourque already on the LW. But Ranger priorities obviously beat Whale priorities.
I think they find a place for Segal and his 22 goals. Remember, Yogan might be hurt. I haven't heard an update but he definitely injured his right hand in a "fight" on Saturday night. He didn't return. Could also see Ferriero in place of Tessier on the fourth line but Tessier's PK skills are valuable, so maybe not. Like you said though, they're loaded with forwards. It's a good problem to have!