As is often the case on trade deadline day, there have been several waiver claims around the league. Winger Chris Stewart has been claimed by Calgary (first reported by Michael Russo of The Athletic), blueliner Johnny Oduya is on his way to the Flyers (first reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman), while defender Mark Alt has been picked up by Colorado (first reported by Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic).
Stewart has put up a respectable nine goals in 47 games with Minnesota this season but has also been a frequent healthy scratch as his game-to-game consistency has been a concern, something that has been the case throughout his career. However, he should still serve as a fourth line option for the Flames and with a $1.15MM cap hit, is certainly an affordable option to add. Meanwhile, the Wild now free up a bit more cap space to work with which is important if they look to bring youngsters Luke Kunin and Jordan Greenway into the fold down the stretch. Stewart will be an unrestricted free agent in July.
Oduya is no stranger to being moved around the trade deadline day although this is the first time he will do so via a waiver claim. The veteran had been shopped by the Sens prior to him being waived but evidently there were no takers. He has four goals and four assists in 51 games with Ottawa this season but is averaging a career-low 17:12 per night of ice time. It’s worth noting that if Oduya plays in 14 more regular season games, the Flyers will owe him a $250K bonus plus another $250K if they hold onto a playoff position. He also has $250K in bonuses if he finishes in the top-five and top-three in average ice time per game.
Alt has spent the majority of the season while Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley, posting five goals and five assists in 23 games. He also has suited up in eight games with the Flyers, being held off the scoresheet while averaging 13:26 per game. Alt will likely be a depth blueliner for Colorado and will be eligible for Group VI unrestricted free agency at the end of the season.
The other players on waivers from Sunday all cleared. Those players are:
Christopher Breen (Boston)
Paul Postma (Boston)
Jussi Jokinen (Columbus)
Cody Goloubef (Calgary)
Lance Bouma (Chicago)
Alexandre Burrows (Ottawa)
Jim O’Brien (Ottawa)
John Muse (Philadelphia)
Chris Thorburn (St. Louis)