I saw on TSN that both Doig and Keane signed pro-contracts with the Manitoba Moose (Vancouver's affiliate farm team). Right now, these players have no contracts with Vancouver themselves. My assumption is that both of these deals will be for more than $75,000 which is what Vancouver was offering Doig on the back half of a two-way deal. I wouldn't be surprised if Doig's contract was somewhere near the NHL minimum salary. Does this create a precedent that side steps the new CBA and salary cap framework? If at any point in the season Vancouver feels that they would benefit from having one or both of these players up, then they would have to approach the Moose to negotiate a contract buy-out and then sign the player to a pro contract. Of course, any team could also approach Manitoba about buying out the contract, but I'm thinking that Vancouver might just have that inside edge. Such a move would allow Vancouver to bring in a player from their farm team without clearing waivers (though they would have to clear prior to being sent back down). They also can compensate a player who they would otherwise have in that 22nd or 23rd roster spot outside of the cap. I think this sets an interesting precedent. Who knows, perhaps each team's affiliate will have 4 or 5 "fringe" NHLers on their roster with salaries equal to the NHL minimum. However, their salary only goes against the cap if there is a deal that is renogiated with the big club. From a fan of the Canucks, I would have to applaud them for their creativity. From a fan of the game, I am almost inclined to say, "Here we go again." Thoughts?