Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Dynasty kid Nystrom clears re-entry and then is traded to Dallas
Even in the NHL, this one is strange.
Eric Nystrom was placed on re-entry waivers yesterday, meaning any team could have him for half of his contract value (with the Wild keeping the other half). He cleared waivers at noon today, and this afternoon he was traded to Dallas for future considerations.
By acquiring him via trade, Dallas is now responsible for his entire $1.4m salary each of the next two years, which is exactly what they wanted (at least for this year). When Sean Avery was sent to Connecticut (AHL), he not only came off the Rangers books, he came off the Stars books as well. While it gave the Rangers more flexibility, it put the Stars perilously close to the salary cap floor.
The Stars fixed that problem by getting Nystrom for twice what they had to pay.
Plainview's own Mike Russo has more in the Star-Tribune:
Assuming Nystrom sticks with the Stars, he will get to play at the Coliseum this season after all. Dallas visits Long Island on Thursday, December 15th.
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