Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Leafs and Waiver Wire Limits

I don’t often agree with Leafs GM Brian Burke.

I find his stance on head shots deplorable, the majority of his UFA signings questionable, and his bluster tiresome.

The one area I do agree with him: the NHL should not limit the number of post-deadline player call-ups to four.

Sadly, with their loss to Tampa Bay, the Leafs’ season has all but come to an end. The Leafs have to win 10 of their next 12 to have a shot at the post-season. Sure, anything is possible but it’s not exactly probable.

And that’s where this call-up limit comes in.

Matt Lashoff has already cleared waivers and will be with the Leafs on their latest road trip. Rumour has it Nazem Kadri has been called-up from the Marlies to fill Colby Armstrong’s roster spot.

I’m sure a lot of Leaf fans, as well as Leafs management, would like to see how a few more of the Leafs prospects look against NHL competition.

But it won’t happen so long as the four call-up limit is in place.

I really hope this is addressed in the next round of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Even if it means sharing little to no common ground with the GM of my favourite club.



4 comments:

  1. 10 of 12? No problem.

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  2. Paul Steckley1:06 p.m.

    I've been trying to think of the rationale for that rule but have yet to come up with one logical reason why there should be any limit on the number of call-ups after the trade deadline.

    It's just one more thing that I do agree with Burke on.

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