Unfortunately, "talent level" isn't criteria for a waived player. The waivers don't care if you're Sidney Crosby or Bruno Gervais, I hope you know that.
The NHL doesn't see Nabby's name on the waiver wire and bow their heads to him and assign him where he wants just cause he's good.
I understand that talent level isn't part of the criteria. I just feel that waivers should not apply to players like Nabokov. Professional players with contracts should be able to have their contracts purchased and transferred to their NHL team. Free Agents should be able to play for any team they sign a contract with.
The obvious stuff is there for everyone to see. Wings signed him, he gets taken by the Islanders and now he is refusing to report, we all know that. But, why did Holland try this in the first place? Holland knew Nabby would be taken by someone else especially at the contract that he has. I have to believe that Holland has a larger goal in mind. I think that Holland wants this waiver rule changed. St Louis has to be on Holland's side after seeing 2 guys snatched away from them. The rule is stupid the way it is structured and needs to be revisited.
I don't think many teams could potentially benefit from a change to that rule as much as Detroit could. Players want to play in Detroit and like Nabby they would be willing to take a smaller amount of $ for a few month run at a Cup. Detroit has had a ton of success with European players so any loosening of that current rule could potentially be good for the Wings. There was always a chance that Nabby could be a Wing and there still is a chance, but I have a feeling that the attention that this has brought to this stupid waiver rule is going to cause some things to be changed which might be Holland's motivation for this whole thing.