Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Jeff Finger redux

You may recall what we were di9scussing not long ago about what the Leafs might be doing with Jeff Finger - well, part of that veiled, but still transparent maneuver is now in affect.

Leafs place Jeff Finger on waivers

The Jeff Finger's stay with the Maple Leafs looks like it could be coming to an end.

The Leafs placed the defenceman on waivers on Tuesday and coach Ron Wilson told the media that if Finger cleared waiver on Wednesday that he would be sent to the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.

Wilson, also told the media that the club was not 'burying' Finger's $3.5 million salary, and that if someone falters or gets hurt that Finger is still on the club's radar.

The 30-year old is in the third year of the four-year, $14 million contract that he signed with the Leafs in July 2008.

As Doug MacLean was suggesting on the radio this afternoon - this comes with some concern: if the Leafs recall Finger (for whatever reason, injuries, etc) someone could snag him - and that's a problem for this reason. Finger isn't much of a $3.5 million player, BUT he's surely a $1.75 million player that you could take for free on the waiver wire. This would be problematic because the Leafs would be on the hook for the other $1.75 million which you cannot trade away for anything.

As it stands now, he's clearing space on the cap (around $4 million right now available) and he could still be traded - and this situation won't change unless someone claims him off waivers - and then the Leafs are stuck with an untradable $1.75 million chunk of cap for two more years. This could very well mean that Finger has played his final game as a Maple Leafs at the NHL level.

Right?

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