After a day of this nonsense — ooh the Flames almost lost their offer-sheeted player to waivers!! — Chris Johnston appeared on NHL on the Fly (by phone call) to repeat his debunked story from this morning.
And then whoever that chucklehead is behind the desk just happily chirped along with their tisk-tisking about how the Flames didn’t understand the CBA and how irresponsible that is.
Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
Chris Johnston even revealed that he doesn’t understand what the hell he’s talking about when he asserted that the 2013 memo revised the rules from the 2005 CBA and then cited as proof several past instances (he mentioned Nabokov in particular) in which the 2005 CBA applied.
In other words, first he says there’s a new rule. Then he says the proof that they screwed up is what happened under the old rule.
I’ll tell you who doesn’t understand the CBA. The blathering experts on NHL Network and Chris Johnston.
I maintain that Jay Feaster didn’t have an “interpretation.” He was just being polite. He knew he was right that the CBA supported his offer-sheet. He just didn’t want the league to look like a bunch of morons. And he also didn’t want to ask the league for clarification in advance because that would have tipped his hand.
And he wouldn’t have had to say anything afterward, but for the fact that Chris Johnston got some NHL “source” to say they believed Feaster screwed up.
Guess what? That’s the guy who screwed up.
I covered this in detail in previous posts. It’s proved.