Look, I don’t like putting the boots to Steve Tambellini over small stuff. There has been, however, a growing sense that he’s utterly clueless when it comes to negotiations. See, for example, the Khabibulin deal. The following sequence of events blows my mind:
March 1, 2010 – Edmonton trades Denis Grebeshkov to Nashville for a second round draft pick
March 2, 2010 – Nashville puts Ryan Jones on waivers
March 3, 2010 – Edmonton claims Ryan Jones off waivers
Dan Tencer is now reporting that the Oilers have had interest in Jones for some time. Here’s what I don’t get. The return on Grebeshkov has been crticized in some corners as being light. I don’t have strong feelings either way on this question, although I’ve come around to agreeing that it was a curious time to make the deal. What I don’t understand, if the Oilers had some interest in Jones, is why they didn’t get him as part of the Grebeshkov deal. If I’m reading the CBA correctly, the waiver price for Ryan Jones was $67,500.00.
There would seem to be two possibilities. First, they didn’t ask for Jones. This seems to be the most likely to me. It doesn’t reflect well on Tambellini if true. Second, Nashville really needed the $67,500.00 that they’d get if they waived Jones and this was a way for the Oilers and Predators to circumvent the bar in the CBA against sending money to a team. I’ve got no problems with this – I’m firmly of the view that if it’s not expressly forbidden by the CBA, it’s ok – but that’s an interesting story in and of itself. Hope someone picks up on this.