Ron Hainsey Wears a Blue Jacket.
In the wake of the 3 game suspension to Andrei Markov for abuse of an official the Montreal Canadiens decided to call up defenseman Ron Hainsey. Upon calling up Hainsey, he would have had to have cleared re-entry waivers to play for the Montreal Canadiens, but he did not. Today the Montreal Canadiens lost young defenseman Ron Hainsey on waivers to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Due to the fact that Hainsey is on a a contract that pays him $550,000, and is a young player with potential, it was highly possible Hainsey would be piked up by another team. The Habs will have to forfeit half of Hainsey’s salary which will count against Montreal’s cap. Not a very bright move by Bob Gainey in my estimation. In essence Gainey chose to keep off season signing Mark Streit over an emerging young defenseman of Hainsey’s stature in the system.