Saturday: Both Radil and Fiore have cleared waivers, per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Friday: According to CapFriendly, the San Jose Sharks have placed Lukas Radil on waivers, another change in the days since they fired Peter DeBoer and installed Bob Boughner as head coach. The Arizona Coyotes have also placed Giovanni Fiore on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a contract termination.
Radil, 29, will be a very interesting name to watch on the waiver wire after being so highly sought after in the summer of 2018. The Czech and KHL star decided on the San Jose Sharks that year, signing a one-year deal with them. Fresh off a stint at the Olympics, Radil came to the Sharks as an intriguing power forward that was known for his puck possession skills. GM Doug Wilson was excited about landing him at the time, and Radil would end up playing in 36 games for the Sharks last season.
Unfortunately, things haven’t gone exactly according to plan. The 6’4″ forward has just 11 points in 50 games and has been a complete non-factor this season. Still, with a $700K cap hit he could easily be snatched by another team that believes a bigger role could lead to some improved production.
Fiore meanwhile will become an unrestricted free agent when his contract is terminated, and could test the overseas leagues. He had been dominating the ECHL this season with the Rapid City Rush, but was likely offered a better opportunity elsewhere. The termination of his deal will open a contract slot for the Coyotes.