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Sean Burke on Waivers

Postby Meerschaum » Mon Sep 25, 2006 11:09 pm

Sean Burke has been placed on waivers by the Lightning, but with a $1.6 million salary I don't expect he'll have any problems clearing.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=178795&hubname=nhl

Nonis will have to wait for a cheaper backup to hit the wire.
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Postby Nanaimo_Nuck » Tue Sep 26, 2006 12:37 am

Yeah its disappointing his salary is so high... because he would be an excellent #2 goalie especially at this stage of his career.
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Postby Larionov » Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:47 am

Why does everyone keep selling Flaherty short? He is a seasoned veteran with NHL experience, and has been nails in the AHL the last three seasons. His credentials are at least as good as anyone else who might hit the waiver wire - why not give the guy a shot before looking elsewhere?

The guys in your system need to know that hard work in the minors will get them noticed, and get them a look. If the players in Manitoba don't believe that, then the morale there will be lower than whale droppings.
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Postby Canuck-One » Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:04 pm

Larionov wrote:Why does everyone keep selling Flaherty short? He is a seasoned veteran with NHL experience, and has been nails in the AHL the last three seasons. His credentials are at least as good as anyone else who might hit the waiver wire - why not give the guy a shot before looking elsewhere?

The guys in your system need to know that hard work in the minors will get them noticed, and get them a look. If the players in Manitoba don't believe that, then the morale there will be lower than whale droppings.


I agree 100%. What is the point in having a system if you are afraid to use the people you have in it? Flaherty has earned his shot and so far in pre-season he is doing what he has to to stay.
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Postby Farhan Lalji » Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:27 pm

I agree that Flaherty deserves to be back-up. Having said that, if Luongo were to get injured for a long time (cuts off fingers just for typing that :P ), I'm not sure if I'd be comfortable with Flaherty starting.
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Postby Icebreaka » Tue Sep 26, 2006 2:23 pm

To be honest I don't think many of the guys like Burke would be such a huge upgrade on Flaherty. If he was 28 instead of 38 with the same numbers people would be excited about him. Some people age a lot different and he seems to be a guy who isn't hampered by his age. He deserves to play 10-15 games.
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Postby MacNews » Tue Sep 26, 2006 7:46 pm

Nanaimo_Nuck wrote:Yeah its disappointing his salary is so high... because he would be an excellent #2 goalie especially at this stage of his career.


Agreed.

As a player over 35 years of age, Burke's contract will count against the Lightning cap this year, even if he retires


What the heck, Tampa is on the hook even if he retires??
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Postby jchockey » Tue Sep 26, 2006 7:51 pm

MacNews wrote:
Nanaimo_Nuck wrote:Yeah its disappointing his salary is so high... because he would be an excellent #2 goalie especially at this stage of his career.


Agreed.

As a player over 35 years of age, Burke's contract will count against the Lightning cap this year, even if he retires


What the heck, Tampa is on the hook even if he retires??


Yes, that's part of the new CBA rules.

The hiring of Garth Snow is even more puzzling and idiotic because Snow signed his extension after his 35th birthday - meaning the remaining 2 years of his contract will still count against the Isles' salary cap even though he is retired and their current "GM." The term "GM" being used loosely here.

There are a number of teams that owe players bonuses even though they are inactive or under a new contract. Detroit still owes Stevie Y money due to bonuses from his previous contract, but to my understanding will not count against the cap.
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Postby MacNews » Tue Sep 26, 2006 7:58 pm

So if he retires, shouldn't he give up any future bonuses or contract money? This makes no sense to me.
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Postby ClamRussel » Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:15 pm

HappyCanuck wrote:
Larionov wrote:Why does everyone keep selling Flaherty short? He is a seasoned veteran with NHL experience, and has been nails in the AHL the last three seasons. His credentials are at least as good as anyone else who might hit the waiver wire - why not give the guy a shot before looking elsewhere?

The guys in your system need to know that hard work in the minors will get them noticed, and get them a look. If the players in Manitoba don't believe that, then the morale there will be lower than whale droppings.


I agree 100%. What is the point in having a system if you are afraid to use the people you have in it? Flaherty has earned his shot and so far in pre-season he is doing what he has to to stay.


Couldn't agree more myself. All Flaherty has done is show he's a perfect fit....ie everything Noronen isn't. Its not easy to find that perfect combo of ability & attitude that can play behind a workhorse like Luongo. I'm just not convinced an Ellis/MacIntyre combo in the minors is enough (in case of injury). Nonis has to show loyalty to Flaherty esp after what happened last year...the guy has earned a shot & deserves a chance.
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Postby jchockey » Wed Sep 27, 2006 6:06 am

MacNews wrote:So if he retires, shouldn't he give up any future bonuses or contract money? This makes no sense to me.


Not according to the current CBA rules. I don't know the CBA/business side of hockey inside and out, but I suspect it has something to do with penalizing teams for signing old players to long-term contracts.
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