By: Tyler J. Altemose (@HockeyGuyTy)
Sometimes even the most perfect plans go awry.
On Tuesday the Philadelphia Flyers placed forward Blair Betts on waivers, a move which surprised many Flyers fans (myself included). On Wednesday he was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens. While most of Flyers nation spent their time deriding Flyers GM Paul Holmgren as some kind of incompetent fool, I considered the methodology for taking that course of action.
It turns out that the plan was pretty ingenious.
What you, the reader, need to understand is that the crux of this issue lies on the newcomer Sean Couturier and the size of the Flyers Reserve List. In layman’s terms, if the Flyers want Sean Couturier to play more than 10 NHL games this season, they need to get rid of a player. For a more “legal” answer to the issue, I reference you to Article 1 of the CBA which defines Reserve List:
“‘Reserve list’ means the list of all players to whom a Club has rights including all Unsigned Draft C...