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Flames waive goodbye to Nilson again

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

Marcus Nilson's tenure with the Calgary Flames is all but over.

What remains to be seen is where the veteran forward will be plying his trade this coming campaign.

For the second time this off-season, Nilson was placed on waivers by the club yesterday, leaving him and his US$1 million salary there for the taking for the rest of the NHL.

Should the 30-year-old go unclaimed by today's 10 a.m. deadline, as well as when he's placed on waivers again later this month, his most likely destination this coming season will be Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League, according to his agent, J.P. Barry.

Barry said yesterday a deal is nearly completely in place for his client to skate in for Yaroslavl should nobody put in a claim for Nilson.

"It's all predicated on him clearing waivers," Barry said. "The agreement we strike with Yaroslavl will be null and void if he's claimed."

Nilson will have to be placed on waivers after Sept. 27 before he can be assigned to a team in Europe.

Barry said a deal with CSKA Moscow fell apart in the last few days.

"We've been working several months with the Flames to find a solution to Marcus' situation," Barry said. "(The Flames) have been very co-operative with finding a way through NHL and KHL rules to finalize an agreement.

"We expect to finalize this very soon."

Nilson is coming off a three-goal, two-assist campaign during which he was often a healthy scratch.

The Flames would still have to pay his salary, although they can negotiate for a European team to reimburse some or all of that money.

However, Nilson's salary wouldn't count against the NHL cap if he's not on the Calgary roster.

The decision to place Nilson on waivers again was mainly to see if another team wants to claim him now that training camp is close, which Barry understood.

The New Jersey Devils have found cap relief in the same way with Vitali Vishnevski, who will play for Yaroslavl.

Even with the move, the Flames will need to pare some salary before the regular season begins, with a defenceman the likely candidate.

Rhett Warrener and Anders Eriksson also went through the waiver process in the summer, while Adrian Aucoin and his US$4 million salary has been rumoured to be on the trading block.


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