Many players were claimed off waivers today, as teams make their final adjustments before the season opens.
Teemu Pulkkinen (DET), claimed by Minnesota
Klas Dahlbeck (ARI), claimed by Carolina
Seth Griffith (BOS), claimed by Toronto
Mike Condon (MTL), claimed by Pittsburgh
P.A. Parenteau (NYI), claimed by New Jersey
Pulkkinen especially is an interesting case, since Minnesota was 17th in waiver order, meaning that half the league passed on the AHL sniper. The 24-year old has multiple seasons of 30+ goals in the minor circuit, but has some major concerns about his skating and ability to translate that offense to the NHL level.
With Parenteau, the Devils get a consistent NHL scoring threat that has over 100 goals to his name. Last year, even through injury and on a poor Maple Leafs team, he chipped in 20 and was surprisingly held on to at the trade deadline. This summer, he signed a one-year, $1.25MM deal with the Isles and was expected to see time alongside John Tavares, his former linemate. Instead, he’ll try to work his way up a Devils group that is loaded with goal scoring talent.
Pittsburgh brings in Condon to effectively replace Matt Murray until his hand has healed. Murray broke his hand at the World Cup, and will still be out for the beginning of the season.