Waiver situation gets a good examination

By Paja Jansson

Due to the much controversial situation in EURO, where the Players Union gave the owners the updated salary demands, a lot of players were waived before July 1st to make room for new contracts.

But many of the players are having One-Way contracts, and will still get their full salary even when playing for the farm teams, and the teams financial department will still have some unfinished business to take care of. 35 players are currently being processed through waivers and nine of them have One-Way contracts.

So, here at the Bern Press, we’ve done a preview of who might get claimed and who might not be. Only
counting the players with One-Way contracts.
Starting from the highest salary:

Shea Weber, 33, Madrid, $9M, 1-year + PO
Weber is a powerhouse in EURO. Second in career points among defensemen, only behind Paris superstar Pietrangelo. At 33 years old Weber still brings it all, size, offensive and defensive skills and leadership.

CLAIMED: YES
WHY: Plenty of teams still have cap space and a player of Webers caliber rarely hits the waivers.

Cam Ward, 34, Zurich, $6.5M, 1-year + PO
Cam Ward has been a starter in EURO for six seasons. Last year, he got the majority of the starts (44), but it looks like the Lions are ready to invest in Gibson or Zurkirchen.

CLAIMED: NO
WHY: The goalie market is the toughest
market in EURO. Even veteran Henrik Lundqvist, with 91 GOA, remained unsigned
after July 1st.

Olivier Roland, 29, Minsk, $4.95M 1-year
Won the EURO CUP with Minsk in 2018, and is still a solid offensive contributor. If claimed, he would probably get more ice time than has had the two previous seasons in Belarus, and hopefully resign for a another price.

CLAIMED: YES
WHY: 29 years old and holds a 1-year contract with $4.95M, which might be doable for teams in the lower standings.

Matthew Carle, 34, Dublin, $4.75M 1-year + PO
Veteran Matthew Carle has played over 550 games in EURO but it’s very unclear if he can reach 600. Carle has ben a solid member of Dublin Fighting Irish for two seasons, playing more than 20minutes per game. Carle would bring a lot of experience to a team, but to a hefty cost.

CLAIMED: NO
WHY: Given his age, attributes and his
$4.75M 1-year with PO.

Erik Ersberg, 30, Prague, $4M 2-years + PO
Ersberg was the back up goalie in Berlin for 4 seasons, and was last season in Stockholm. He has yet to play a game in Prague.

CLAIMED: NO
WHY: As for Cam Ward, the goalie market is a tough one. And not many teams will be willing to pay $4M to a back up goalie that has reached his potential.

Trevor Daley, 35, Prague, $3.6M 1-year + TO
He was a healthy scratch for numerous of games last season. He only dressed for 26 games and he put up 8points and a -5+/-.  If he’s not getting bought out, or claimed, he might retire next season.

CLAIMED: NO
WHY: Age and contract are the biggest reasons anyone will or won’t get claimed. Daley will be too expensive for a role as a third pair defenseman on any team.

Teddy Purcell, 33, Munich, $3.57M 1-year + PO
Purcell has been a solid third liner his whole career in EURO with a slight set back in Munich last season. He can still put up some solid numbers for a team in need of offensive help.

CLAIMED: YES
WHY: As the economic situation is in EURO, paying $3.57M for a third line winger, who lacks defensive skills, might be too much. And with his age and the Player Option clause will be gamble. But we believe a team will pick him up.

Ben Bishop, 31, Milan, $3.55M 1-year + PO
Bishop was the starter for Milan his first two seasons in EURO, but then got the job taken away in favor of Alex Stalock, and later Andrew Hammond. Last year Big Ben got one start, an overtime loss with 5 goals against.

CLAIMED: NO
WHY: Normally, we would say that Big Ben would get claimed. 87 GOA for $3.55M is a reasonable price, but  Henrik Lundqivst ruins it. No team signed Henrik Lundqivst, who was according to sources, looking for a contract worth $4.5M.  Ben Bishop has reached his potential, is not as good as Lundqvist and the salary demands are within $1M. If no one shows interest in Lundqivst, we are having a hard time believing there’s some interest for the other veteran goalies on the market.

Dmitri Kalinin, 32, Saint Petersburg, $3.50M 1-year
The Russian has played his entire career in his home country. He’s been in the starting lineup for six seasons with a set back last season when he was a healthy scratch for 51 games.

CLAIMED: NO
WHY: Too many dollars for veteran. Contenders in need of his experience won’t afford the contract and the rebuilding teams won’t have too much use of him. The veteran from Russia might have played his last game in EURO.

This all being business, and everything is about the dollars. Several teams still have some money issues to take care of, and kind of relying on the progress of the waivers.

– Belfast has a full roster, but is $10.9M over the Suspension Limit.

– Dublin has a full roster, and is under the salary cap, but if Carle passes through waivers, they might get some payroll budget issues.

– Minsk has a full roster and they are under salary cap, and within the rumored budget. All though, if Roland passes through waivers, they might get some problem with the Leagues Payroll Limit at $69.8M

– Munich signed 8 players with a NMC and does not still have full roster. A few moves will need to happen to get the team under the Leagues Payroll Limit as well.

– Paris has announced a rebuild, but they still have their team intact, with around $10M in cap space and 5 spots to fill on their roster.

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