How NOT to treat your Captain

January 10, 2006

Via Kuklas:

update 11:55am, via WDAE,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have waived team captain Dave Andreychuk.
At a press conference held at the St. Pete Times Forum Tuesday, the team announced they have placed Andreychuk on waivers at noon Tuesday. If Andreychuk clears waivers, he will be assigned to the AHL Springfield Falcons. Andreychuk can then, if he wishes, retire and claim the money owed to him in his contract. Andreychuk signed a two-year deal with the Lightning prior to the 2005-06 season.

Last week they waived him.  Wait, no they didn’t.  No, what they meant to do was fax the rest of the league and advertise his “availability.” Wait, they didn’t do that either, according to the team.  Now today, a special news conference to shaft him formally.

What a disaster.

Yes, it’s a business.  But this is bad business and not just because you’re treating your captain like a piece of trash, but because players who would (a) waive their no-trade clauses or (b) sign with the team via free agency notice things like this. 


2 Responses to “How NOT to treat your Captain”

  1. David Lee Says:

    This has been going on in Tampa for a while. I’m surprised that Martin St. Louis has stuck around. Cory Stillman was thrilled to take a pay cut when he came to Carolina because here he gets a no-trade clause, and gets treated like the quality player that he is.

  2. iwocpo Says:

    Might be a story behind Khabibulin’s departure too.

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