Because there is still a lot of politics in hockey, a lot of prejudging and dues paying – and the waiver rules make it easier to send guys down like him.
Tyson Barrie, despite an excellent training camp and preseason performance, was sent down to Lake Erie of the AHL today, along with Brad Malone, Patrick Bordeleau and (officially) Trevor Cann.
Barrie does not have to clear waivers if the Avs send him to the minors. If they tried that with an older veteran (based on the player’s age, when they signed their first pro contract and how many NHL games they’ve played) such as Kyle Cumiskey or Matt Hunwick, they could lose them for nothing on a waiver claim. In Cumiskey’s case, the Avs can not send him to the minors because he is hurt. He’s been out more than a week now with a pulled groin, and NHL bylaws state players can’t be sent down when officially injured. Cumiskey did skate today with an orange non-contact jersey.
The waiver period for an NHL season begins 12...