the stars are off the hook for the other $6 million they owe him. burying him in the minors means having him at training camp, having him around your minor league affiliate - yeah you take a hit in terms of dollars and cap space, but the odor of his presence is gone.
So what was the point of claiming bell if they were just gonna send him down to hartford to save cap space?
1: he's insurance in case avery doesn't make it.
2: he might be better than aaron voros, patrick rissmiller, or whomever else are the rangers' depth wings at this point.