Why Wasn’t Martin Marincin Sent To OKC for The Playoff Push?

I’ve come across this question on Twitter a lot over the last few days, so I wanted to take the opportunity to help spell out why Martin Marincin wasn’t assigned to the Oklahoma City Barons for the playoffs in a little more than 140 characters.

After the last NHL lockout, the American Hockey League did away with the old Clear Day roster for the playoffs, which more or less specified which 22 players were eligible for postseason play, along with their own set of criteria of who could be on that list. It made for one confusing time, as players that weren’t on that list could still play for the team in the event of injuries, call-ups, etc. and make it a pretty moot thing in my opinion.

So today we sit with a regular roster, and a new set of criteria. Here’s the lowdown:

According to the AHL Website (emphasis added myself):

…the NHL requires that in order to be eligible to be sent down to the AHL for the remainder of the 2013-14 season, an NHL player must be ON an AHL roster AT Wednesday’s [trade] deadline.

Lots of times over the past few season, teams will utilize what is lovingly referred to as a “paper transaction”. This transaction is just as it says, paperwork was filed to assign a player to the AHL team, and then filed again to recall that player just minutes/hours later. The player never sets foot on a plane, they just remain eligible to participate in later AHL competition.

The Oilers didn’t take the opportunity to do so with Marincin, and I imagine there are reasons for that. Obviously, Marincin’s been a part of a Barons playoff run before and this allows some others to take part like Oscar Klefbom, Martin Gernat, and even newly assigned Darnell Nurse. It may also have had something to do with his playing in the Olympics earlier this year as well. This however, allows Marincin the opportunity to participate in the World Championships as well.