I'm not saying they did, but it certainly could look like they did. How do we know Forsturd hasn't been ramping his game up all year in europe just to come into the NHL right before the playoffs to help the Avs? Isn't THAT what the rule was supposed to prevent?
That isn't what the rule is for.
The rule is so you can't sign a player you hid in another league, when you need them, circumvernting the CBA, thats what the minors are for.
Ofcourse you can sign a player that hasn't played at all for any team, and for them to have to clear waivers would be dumb.
Forsberg couldn't even play at the beginning of the year, or he would have played for Modo.
Ramping his game up, by playing non-professional games? Doubtful, but Forsberg's game may have been that low.
While i'm posting this, i'll update the contract:
1 yr, No Move Clause, 1 million+1million bonus according to CapGeek