Friday: Lorito has cleared waivers and can now be assigned to the minor leagues.
Thursday: The New York Islanders have placed forward Matt Lorito on waivers today according to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, likely meaning he is ready to return to action after starting the year on season-opening injured reserve.
Lorito, 28, was signed to a two-year contract in the offseason by the Islanders, expecting the veteran forward to lend his talents to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for most of the season. That’s where Lorito has done his damage in previous years, putting up excellent seasons for the Albany Devils and Grand Rapids Griffins in the past. The undersized winger was an undrafted free agent signed out of college, and has just two games under his belt in the NHL.
His contract and relative inexperience will almost surely get Lorito through waivers, meaning he can play in the minor leagues for the Islanders and be an injury call-up if necessary. That’s big for the Sound Tigers, who sit in second place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division and are looking to challenge for the Calder Cup.