Thursday: Both Beleskey and Kempe have cleared, and can now be assigned to the minor leagues.v
Wednesday: Matt Beleskey has only played a single game for the New York Rangers since being acquired last season as part of a larger deal, and it doesn’t seem like he’s going to get into the lineup anytime soon. The veteran forward has been placed on waivers, which will allow the team to move him to the minor leagues and save a good portion of his remaining cap hit. Beleskey was sent to New York from the Boston Bruins last season as a cap dump, with the team retaining 50% of his $3.8MM cap hit. That means if the Rangers do send him to the minor leagues, only an $875K hit will be applied to their cap.
Mario Kempe from the Arizona Coyotes has also been placed on waivers, a predictable outcome after Alex Galchenyuk’s return last night. Kempe has been held scoreless through four games this season, and is less valuable to the team right now than the group of waiver-exempt forwards. Should he clear, he’ll be assigned to the Tucson Roadrunners.
Beleskey, 30, rode the coattails of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in Anaheim all the way to a five-year, $19MM contract with the Bruins in 2015, but hasn’t been able to replicate much of the success he had with the Ducks. Though his first season in Boston was fine, he quickly fell out of favor and has been a healthy scratch more times than he’s played over the last few seasons. There was little chance he would figure into the Rangers plans as they continue their rebuild, so he’ll likely just play out the last two seasons of his deal in the minor leagues.