Originally written on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 4/22/12
When the Montreal Canadiens acquired Blair Betts on waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers, it was seen as an astute hockey move: He added size to the Smurfs Ewoks Lilliputian undersized lineup and made one of the better penalty killing units in the NHL even better. The Flyers, meanwhile, saw Betts as expendable with the additions of Max Talbot and rookies like Matt Read and Sean Couturier, along with using Andreas Nodl on the PK. His $700,000 contract would be catnip to other teams, so waivers were a no-brainer. Ah, were it only that easy: Betts failed his physical with Montreal, and has been returned to the Flyers per NHL By-Law 11.87 (a). From the NHL: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman rendered the decision after reviewing submissions from both Clubs.  By-Law 11.8 (a) states: "The Member Club acquiring a player by waiver claim shall take an assignment of the player's contract. Nevertheless, if the Commissioner determines that a player acquired by waiver claim is not physically fit at ...
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