Read: Restrictions On Who Can Play In The AHL After The Lockout

An explanation of the “Clear Day” list is:

Per AHL by-laws, only the 20 skaters and two goaltenders on the Clear Day roster are eligible to suit up for the Whale for the remainder of the AHL regular season and the Calder Cup playoffs, unless emergency conditions result from recalls, injuries or suspensions.

Signed Junior players, or players who join the team on amateur tryout agreements after their Junior or college seasons are complete, are also allowed to see action for AHL teams during this period, regardless of whether or not emergency conditions exist.

No current Ranger was on the clear day list as the expectation was that the team would make a deep run in the playoffs.

12:27PM: Craig Custance confirms this with a tweet, saying, “Only locked out NHL players who can sign AHL deals after Sat. are those who finished last year in AHL or were on AHL team’s clear day list.”

He adds “Basically AHL is protecting its teams and preserving a bit of integrity so league isn’t flooded with NHL players if lockout drags on.”

Adam Rotter: More and more it looks like Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin won’t get to play with the Whale this season. Maybe it will change once the lockout actually starts, but as of now, all signs are pointing to Chris Kreider being the only one who can play in Hartford.

The Rangers are likely to announce the players they are sending down later today.

Buzz: Chris Kreider Will Be The Only Ranger Heading To The Whale

Larry Brooks has sent out a tweet saying that Chris Kreider is the only player on the Rangers roster who will be going down to play for the Whale during the lockout.

While layers like Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh are all on entry-level deals, they require waivers to play in the AHL due to the amount of games they have played or their age.

Read: Players Who Need To Go Through Waivers To Play In The AHL

At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance writes about what some teams are doing with their young players when the lockout starts on Sunday at 12:01AM.

He notes that Colorado and Edmonton will send Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to the AHL and that players who are on their entry level deal and exempt from waivers need to be sent down before September 15th.

For players who are not waiver exempt, they need to clear waivers by Saturday as well to be able to play in the AHL.

Custance writes that GM’s will be watching the waiver wire closely to see if anyone is worth claiming.

In 2004, the day before the lockout was slated to start, the Blue Jackets claimed defenseman François Beauchemin from Montreal when they tried to send him down to the minors.

Read: AHL Contracts, Waivers and Entry Level Deals

In the Columbus Dispatch, Aaron Portzline writes that teams that may not be able to send players down to the minors due to waivers or other restrictions may just sign those players to AHL only deal.

He writes “it would be no different than an NHL-locked out player signing to play in Europe. The contracts would, in most cases, include the players’ current AHL salary and would be terminated at the end of the lockout.”

Whale broadcaster Bob Crawford wrote that there has been some talk that all players eligible for waivers would also be locked out and not allowed to play in the AHL, but also cites the report from Renaud Lavoie last night saying that the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to a deal where veterans on two-way contracts can be sent down.

In the case of the Whale, Crawford writes that this would impact players like Kris Newbury, Chad Kolarik and Brandon Segal.

Craig Custance writes at ESPN Insider, “Teams that want to send their entry level players to the AHL would have to do so before the lockout begins, with those players exempt from waivers the prime candidates (typically players under 160 NHL games played).”

Note: Player Movement During The Lockout

At USA Today, Kevin Allen obtained a memo that the NHLPA sent out to it’s members recently to prepare them for what could/will happen during a lockout.

The memo notes that the NHLPA is under the impression that since teams did not make player related transactions during previous lockouts, they will not make moves during this lockout.

“During previous lockouts, the clubs did not trade players or the rights to players after the lockout started. We expect that clubs will take the same position in the event of another lockout.”

There are conflicting reports about how waivers would impact players going to the AHL.



Note: The Situation When The CBA Expires

While looking at what certain players on the Flyers could do during a lockout, Frank Seravalli of the Philly Daily News writes “Without a new Collective Bargaining Agreement hashed out in the next 17 days, nearly every single NHL player will become a free agent at 11:59 p.m. on September 15.”

He adds that players who are on two-way contracts can play in the AHL. Seravalli also notes that injured players receive their full salary during a lockout so Marian Gaborik will receive paychecks while he recovers from his shoulder surgery.

Read: The AHL Would Be A Good Development Step If There Is A Lockout

At Sportsnet, Mike Brophy writes about the AHL and how it could be used as a big development tool by players if there is a lockout.

Brophy spoke with Jason Spezza, who played in the AHL during the 2004-05 lockout, and raved about what the AHL did for him.

“It ended up being a very important development year for me. The thing is I was 21 years old. It’s not like I was 30 and had ten years in the NHL under my belt and suddenly I was playing in the minors. You go down and you get invested in the whole scene. I was with my friends and we all had a purpose — to get better and to win. I just figured if I had to play in the AHL, I was going to do everything I could to be the best player in the league. It gave me a chance to dominate a league again and, at that age, that was very important to me. I really believe that year in the AHL did wonders for my NHL career.”

Spezza added “If you have to play in the AHL, give it everything you have and work on your game. It’s better than not playing at all.”

There are conflicting reports about how waivers would impact players going to the AHL.