I'd like to know where you heard this. That is how the NBA amnesty clause worked, but I haven't heard this for the NHL. As a matter of fact, I believe a player is put on waivers, not bid on, just as Gomez and Redden were. If the player passes waivers he is UFA, but I am not sure if the waivers was just used because they can't technically be bought out until next year or what.
Originally Posted by johnnyonthespot
I just can't see the NHLPA allowing player's contracts to be picked up by just anyone. For example. If the Flyers Buyout Briere, who has a NMC, then a team like Columbus who would have no chance to sign him, could claim him at his current salary, and Briere would have no choice but to play for them.... I just don't see that happening.
As a matter of fact, if that were the case, the Flyers could tell Briere or Bryz or whoever, "We plan to buy you out next season, you will have to pass through waivers and you can be claimed by any team, most likely the worst team in the league. Or we can set up a trade with a team you would be willing to go to today." So I just don't see this happening.
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