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).”