Matt_T83 Posted November 3, 2015 Share Posted November 3, 2015 While I am glad that the NHL elminated re-entry waivers a decade ago, the waiver system is still broken. It needs to be changed slightly to better protect a team's assets. This is obviously motivated by the loss of Frank Corrado, but this is a general NHL problem.The issue at hand is negotiations in poor faith by certain teams, in this case Toronto. Why would Toronto ever trade for Corrado, when they know he will probably be put on waivers? The answer is they wouldn't. Yet Toronto was fishing for information, trying to 'trade' for Corrado to see where Vancouver was. So I suggest a 2 phase process to waivers:1) Team declares a player on waivers, but selects 5 teams to negotiate with. This phase lasts 24 hours, and only said 5 teams can acquire the player, but they must trade for him. They cannot pick him up for free.2) If the player passes phase 1, he goes to phase 2 unconditional waivers, where any team can claim him for free as in the current system (lasts another 24 hours). HOWEVER, the 5 teams selected during phase 1 cannot pick this player up. They were given an opportunity to make fair trade offers, and are banned from this waiver pick up.Teams should be allowed to protect their assets from loss. If a GM can identify the 5 most likely teams to pick up a player, they can gain greater bargaining strength with this process. However, there is also a greater risk as the other teams have 48 hours to make a decision, if the player passes through phase 1.With this system, dirty teams negotiating in poor faith like Toronto could be prevented from stealing a player for free. And in my opinion, if this system were in place, Toronto would have given up a draft pick for Corrado. They wanted him, they just knew they could cheat the system and get him for free, taking a small risk that they wouldn't get him on waivers. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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