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09-13-2013, 03:13 PM
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Surprising training camp cuts in NHL history

Seeing as training camp is starting up, the question comes to me-who were surprising "cuts" in training camps in history?

Not just limited to "x rookie player was cut and went on to a HOF career"-I mean more players that you saw were cut-and "cut" can also mean "already had contract but was "removed" from the team"-where you read about the cut/demotion/trade during camp and thought "What in tarnation were they thinking???"

"They" being the NHL team management in question.

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Grabner waived by Florida after training camp a couple years back is the first to come to mind.

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Mike Ribeiro being traded by the Canadiens during camp jumps to mind. Actually I think it was pre-season, but nevertheless. Ribeiro had a so-so season the year before and there were rumblings of off-ice stuff but it was still pretty out of the blue.

The trade looked bad immediately, but I even remember Stars fans saying that Niinimaa had a good showing at their camp and could be a nice surprise for the Habs. Didn't work out that way...

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Grabner waived by Florida after training camp a couple years back is the first to come to mind.
grabner wasn't good enough to play in the NHL, waived to play in AHL, got picked up and had a decent year or two since that. not that weird imo

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grabner wasn't good enough to play in the NHL, waived to play in AHL, got picked up and had a decent year or two since that. not that weird imo
It was a little weird considering the Panthers traded for him in the Ballard deal just a few months earlier. Obviously he wasn't the centrepiece in that deal but he was still seen as a pretty good asset at the time.

Although reading through the thread where he got waived, it doesn't seem like he showed much at camp according to Panthers fans...so it's hard to fault the Panthers from going by what they saw at the time (and not HF's wacky barometer of "potential").

The thread for reference: http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...d.php?t=825460

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It was a little weird considering the Panthers traded for him in the Ballard deal just a few months earlier. Obviously he wasn't the centrepiece in that deal but he was still seen as a pretty good asset at the time.

Although reading through the thread where he got waived, it doesn't seem like he showed much at camp according to Panthers fans...so it's hard to fault the Panthers from going by what they saw at the time (and not HF's wacky barometer of "potential").

The thread for reference: http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...d.php?t=825460
yeah, just typical panthers luck, don't think he would have developped aswell sitting in pressbox anyway.

happy for him, not so happy panthers let him go, lol

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When Darryl Sittler was traded by Philadelphia to Detroit for Murray Craven and Joe Paterson. Sittler was on the verge of being named the team's captain and not much was known of Craven at that point.

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In retrospect, the Flames probably could have kept Fleury for that season... but at the time I also thought he had done enough to secure a spot, based on play alone.

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Spezza the season after he was drafted.
Ok, its not exactly what you mean, but at that time it was a surprise.

And also some Number 1 draft picks in the history - Mats Sundin, Mike Modano, Erik Johnson ....

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Pierre Bouchard on waivers in 1978.

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Spezza the season after he was drafted.
Ok, its not exactly what you mean, but at that time it was a surprise.

And also some Number 1 draft picks in the history - Mats Sundin, Mike Modano, Erik Johnson ....
Modano wasn't cut. There was a contract dispute so he went back to junior.

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"Surprising" might not be the right word here, but the NYR sent Gordie Howe packing from training camp and didn't even secure his rights before doing so.

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Some really interesting examples here-I had no idea about some of these.

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"Surprising" might not be the right word here, but the NYR sent Gordie Howe packing from training camp and didn't even secure his rights before doing so.
From http://rangers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=538265

"Since Howe never joined the Rangers, the story has erroneously circulated that the team had him at training camp, but mistakenly let him go. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In a 1980 New York Times interview with Dave Anderson, Howe explained that the Rangers really did want him and had asked him to join their junior team in Regina, Saskatchewan, less than one week after he arrived in Winnipeg."

"Howe said he would only join the team if he knew that some friends from Saskatoon would be going, too. When the Rangers told him they weren't interested in any of the other Saskatoon kids, Howe chose to go home rather than report to Regina."

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There are conflicting versions of the Howe story. In this 2010 interview with The Hockey News, Big Gordie's recollection is different.

http://mobile.thn.com/articles/35124-Gordie-Howe.html

Regardless, the Rangers never signed him to either a "C" nor an "A" card, which would have locked him up.

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In retrospect, the Flames probably could have kept Fleury for that season... but at the time I also thought he had done enough to secure a spot, based on play alone.
That might be the saddest one in recent memory.

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