Saturday: Ikonen has cleared waivers, Kuc reports.
Friday: The Washington Capitals have placed Juuso Ikonen on unconditional waivers according to Chris Kuc of The Athletic, likely for the purpose of a contract termination. Ikonen had one year remaining on his entry-level deal, but didn’t find much success at the AHL level this season.
Ikonen, 24, was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the SHL in 2018 after several years of solid play in Europe. The Finnish forward had suited up twice at the World Juniors and shown enough offensive upside to make the Capitals believe he could contribute in North America, but after registering just 14 points in 54 games for the Hershey Bears he’ll be allowed to return home.
International signings like these are often lottery tickets for teams dealing with cap trouble like Washington, hoping they can get a depth player at bargain bin rates. They haven’t worked out for the Capitals of late though, with Ikonen joining Maximillian Kammerer as terminated players this spring.