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What’s UP with Miroslav Satan and Peter Sykora?

Will Miroslav Satan?report to the WB/S BABY Pens?

The salary cap makes teams do some creative things, and so we don’t miss a step here in case some don’t get it… the Penguins needed salary cap space to claim Adams off of?waivers and sign Guerin and Kunitz. Satan’s $3.5 million got assigned to WB/S and he had to pass through waivers.

While he is assigned to WB/S the Penguins have to continue to pay?his?$3.5 million contract but it doesn’t count against the salary cap.? A few other moves leading up to the trade deadline were made because you can only have to a maximum of fifty (50) players under contract.

All of this is a paper transaction as Satan is still in Pittsburgh and hasn’t yet reported to WB/S.? Please note?Shero hasn’t asked him to report either.

Not a word out of Ray Shero one way or the other, so far… ?but some of this may hang on Petr Sykora.? How bad is?Sykora’s ?shoulder and will he be put on LTIR?

LTIR (long term IR) is a move that can be used if a player is going to be out a significant amount of time and if so?that players salary can be used (to make this simple)… to reduce salary counting against the salary cap.

The NHL generally frowns on these paper transactions because some teams like Anaheim and Washington were warned about doing it to circumvent the spirit of new CBA salary cap. The NHL may force Satan to physically report to WB/S and he decides not to report -? the checks will stop.

Unless, Sykora is hurt and laid-up for a week or two we will hear something official by the end of the day March 11th at the latest in regard to Satan.

However, don’t be surprised if Peter Sykora goes on LTIR and Satan is back in a Flightless Birdie sweater.? YIKES.

This is DR HOOK… carry on

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  1. March 10, 2009 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    I think Satan can play if he wants to, and he knows that he needs to play well now if he wants to sign a contract next year. Did you see him those last few games when he finally figured out his career was on the line. 2 goals and an assist in the last 3 games getting 8-11 minutes of icetime per game.

    I’m just saying if we need him, let’s say a few major injuries happen, I would actually like to have him play over anyone else in our system. The playoffs is not a time to try a Caputi or Pesonen. He’s a little slow, and I don’t mean skating, but once he figures it out…

  2. March 10, 2009 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    You are posting this like having Satan picked up by someone else would be really bad thing. Do you think some team fears Satan enough to want to pay him not to play for us? Seems like a stretch.

  3. March 9, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Talk about a Weird thing! If Satan is recalled from WBS, he would have to clear re-entry waivers. This puts the Penguins at risk of losing him for the rest of the season if someone will pay 1/2 of his 3.5 million salary. According to the many waiver rules the way I understand them, the team would have to be lower in the standings than the Penguins are.

    Satan would not be able to play in the playoffs for another team because he was not picked up before the deadline, yet if the Penguins recall him before the playoffs, another team could pick him up and play him until the end of the season.

    Now here is the really weird thing, I did not see a rule that would not allow this. I believe that during the playoffs if the Penguins try to recall Satan, another team could pick him up and just not play him the rest of the season. Maybe a team that we are playing. They could basically pay half of his salary just so we could not use him.

    I’m going to have to look into this more.


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