So What Happens Now?

On the trade deadline, David Poile made a couple of moves that brought in some new bodies to Nashville.

One line of thinking was that it would create some extra bodies on the roster, and maybe we’d see a guy or two sent to Milwaukee for a bit.

Aaron Sims left this comment in the previous post, and I wanted to give it the above-the-fold treatment it deserves.

“Paul Fenton mentioned on the radio show last night that Nashville does NOT need to send anyone to Milwaukee. There is no roster limit after the trade deadline. Bourque & Ellis, with the paper transactions, are eligible for Milwaukee’s Clear Day roster. Josi is not.”

Ah Clear Day.  It’s that time of year already?

Clear Day is Monday March 5th, and the team needs to have their 22-man rosters sent to the league by 3pm ET.  From the AHL’s website…

Only those players included on a team’s Clear Day list are eligible to compete in the remainder of the AHL regular season and in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, unless emergency conditions arise as a result of recall, injury or suspension. Teams may also add signed junior players or players on amateur tryout contracts, but only once their respective junior or college seasons are complete.

Clear Day is my least favorite holiday of the year.  Because it reminds me of the headaches of writing about the team AFTER Clear Day.  If you read us at the old blog, it’s where Eric Kent started using the phrase VOODOO ROSTERNOMICS, which really sums it up nicely.

When a guy like Ryan Maki can be left off of the Clear Day list, and then can play 19 regular season games in March and April and then seven playoff games…there’s some of that old black magic going on there.

Which is fine.  I’ve stopped losing sleep about it.  I find my happy place and don’t worry about it.  The “How” doesn’t matter.  General Managers generally manage, coaches coach, players play….good enough for me.

So with that said, I don’t expect too much controversy with this year’s Clear Day list.

Let’s assume that both Bourque and Ellis will be on the list.  They may not be.  But let’s assume the are for our example here.  I imagine there’s a good chance that the other 20 players would likely be:

Smith, Engren, Thang, Flynn, Latta, Mueller, Champagne, Stortini, Lajunen, Wilson, Van Guilder, Dupont, Beck, Puustinen, Laakso, Ford, Blum, Bartley, Sloan, Valentine.

This would leave guys like Kevin Henderson, Ben Ryan, Jeff Foss, and any PTO guy on the “in residence” list.

Kevin Henderson….he’s done a nice job so far.  If he made the Clear Day list, who would he realistically replace?

So to answer the original question in the title of this post….What happens now?  Probably more of the same, personnel wise.  We may get a guy or two back from injury this week.  Maybe we’ll get some juniors guys or some college guys signed to ATO’s later on.  But in the short term?  Probably more of the same.  And if we get the same results we had last weekend, then ‘more of the same’ sounds good to me.

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5 Responses to So What Happens Now?

  1. Jeff says:

    First of all, why didn’t Blum get traded? Secondly, since he didn’t get traded he should be sent down to Cincy. I’d rather see a guy like Foss in there who actually shows some effort.

  2. jasper says:

    Someone would have to actually want Blum., I havent seen any blind scouts from other teams at our games.

  3. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I thought Clear Day rosters only affected the playoffs and not the regular season after those lists were set. Although it seems like voodoo, there is a method to the madness by selecting guys for the list that have little to no chance of getting on it to create open spots to add players from the in house group, ato’s, etc.

    It would be funny if that list was rigid and by the time a team got to the Calder, they could only dress a dozen guys or so…

    In our case, gotta make the playoffs first. 10th place ain’t gonna cut it.

  4. CreedFeed says:

    @Brian, from the AHL news release here – http://theahl.com/ahl-weekly-release-p176182

    “Only those players included on a team’s Clear Day list are eligible to compete in the remainder of the AHL regular season and in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, unless emergency conditions arise as a result of recall, injury or suspension. Teams may also add signed junior players or players on amateur tryout contracts, but only once their respective junior or college seasons are complete. “

  5. Sioux62 says:

    There is no way Roman Josi will be on the Admiral’s clear-day roster, He’s a top four defensemen (ice time).on a NHL team looking to make a deep playoff run , His AHL days are OVER. The chances of Gabriel Bourque being on the clear-day roster are less then 20%.

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