Todd White and Tim Kennedy were both put on waivers by the Rangers, though coach John Tortorella said neither is going to Hartford (AHL) and that both will be at practice tomorrow.
There’s been a lot of speculation around, and I’ll throw in my two cents:
Now is as good a time to put them through waivers as any. Unless I’m terribly mistaken about the CBA, they only have to go through waivers once, then they are free to come and go to/from Hartford. Not that they’re going to Hartford now, but at least one of them would be when Chris Drury returns.
So now might be a good time to do it, while the waiver wire is cluttered with players being demoted and waived. Your players are less likely to be snapped up when there are so many others available.
Let’s face it, neither White or Kennedy is going to be here all year. Eventually they will have to go through waivers.
Once they clear, the Rangers can call on them/send them down as needed.
If I’m not correct about that, somebody please tell me.
Also, I do not know if players can actually report to their minor-league destination until after they clear, which I believe would be noon Thursday.
I’ve been corrected a number of times on the waiver rules — which are different than when I was on the beat; back then they actually had an annual pre-season waiver draft, remember? So thanks to those who set me straight.
Reader Steve was first to point it out, and the Rangers confirmed, that the waiver period is 30 days. And that waivers last for 24 hours, so White and Kennedy could be claimed or clear by noon tomorrow (it’s 48 hours on weekends).