Saturday: Laich has cleared waivers, per James Mirtle of The Athletic (Twitter link). It will be interesting to see if he opts to report to Ontario of the AHL given his low minor league salary or if they will possibly consider a mutual contract termination.
Laich attended training camp with Los Angeles but wasn’t given a contract at that time. He did, however, remain with the team on a PTO into the season and when Jeff Carter went down with a long-term ankle injury, he signed a one-year contract worth the league minimum $650K in the NHL and $50K at the minor league level.
While the 34-year-old has largely played a regular role since then, the results just haven’t been there. Through 12 games with the Kings, he has just a single assist while averaging 11:12 of ice time per game, his lowest since becoming a regular NHL player back in 2005-06.