I don't think Urbom would get claimed, because the team that claimed him would have to keep him on the NHL roster or put him back through waivers. I don't think anybody is really hurting for defencemen that badly.
I would prefer to make a trade to make the room for Urbom. But I don't know how likely that is. I'm sure Lou is exploring all options in that regard before waiving Urbom.
I wouldn't want to find out whether Urbom gets claimed, he's still too darn young of an asset to waste and defensemen are too rare that I'd think someone would take him unless Lou gets him off on the Butler technicality.
I still think the other shoe has to drop with Fayne eventually, they can't keep putting him on the fourth pairing in practice and have his value drop to nil before he walks this offseason anyway, might as well get something for him.
They must have really wanted Barch gone to bring this loser into the organization. I didn't even realize it was the same guy until TG posted this! I remember hearing about this when it happened, but didn't remember the guys name.
Butler actually had somehwat of a track record though
Still, you don't see 22-year old defensemen get cut all that often in a league where guys like Jeff Finger get $5 million deals. He may be nothing special for us considering what's in the pipeline but someone could use him. Teams in our division could use him.