Sunday: Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that all 14 names from yesterday have cleared waivers.
Saturday: As expected, it’s another busy day on the waiver wire with opening rosters being submitted to the NHL on Monday. Chris Johnston of the Toronto Star and TSN reports (Twitter links) that the following 14 players are on waivers today:
D John Moore (BOS)
F Chris Wagner (BOS)
F Byron Froese (CGY)
F Justin Kirkland (CGY)
G Calvin Pickard (DET)
D Thomas Hickey (NYI)
F Richard Panik (NYI)
F Anthony Angello (PIT)
F Dylan Gambrell (SJ)
F Logan Brown (STL)
F Mackenzie MacEachern (STL)
D Alex Biega (TOR)
F Kurtis Gabriel (TOR)
D Michal Kempny (WSH)
As expected, today’s list is a little more interesting as teams get closer to making their final cuts with more notable players. Several veterans are on the wire today, headlined by Kempny and Moore on the back end. Both players are coming off injury-plagued seasons (Achilles for Kempny, hip for Moore) and could benefit from some regular action in the minors to get back into playing shape. If they clear, Washington and Boston would only receive $1.125MM in cap relief; Kempny carries a $2.5MM AAV for this season while Moore is at $2.75MM for the next two seasons.
Up front, Panik and Wagner are a pair of veterans that have considerable NHL experience. Panik split last season between the Capitals and Red Wings, picking up 13 points in 48 games. Detroit is retaining half of his $2.75MM AAV, meaning that if he was claimed, the team that picks him up would only be carrying him at $1.375MM. Wagner is in the second season of a three-year deal with a $1.35MM AAV and while his production tumbled last season to just five points in 41 games with the Bruins, he has been one of the more physical players in the league in recent years. Again, if they clear, those teams would only get $1.125MM in cap space.
Brown’s stint with his hometown team didn’t go particularly well evidently with him being on waivers so quickly. As part of the trade from Ottawa, the Senators will send a fourth-round pick to the Blues if the 2016 first-round pick doesn’t play in 30 games with St. Louis. All of a sudden, that pick looks a lot likelier to transfer.
Among the other forwards, Angello and Gambrell are somewhat interesting as well. Angello played in 19 games on the fourth line with the Penguins last season, picking up four points along with 51 hits and actually carries a cap hit that’s $25K below the league minimum which could be appealing to cap-strapped teams. As for Gambrell, he has played in 99 games with the Sharks over the last two seasons and logged over 16 minutes a game for them last season. He was a highly-speculated candidate to be selected by Seattle in expansion although they went with Alexander True instead. Gambrell makes $1.1MM this season and is controllable through arbitration through 2024.
Kurtis Gabriel to NYR
Wow some surprising ones here. I’d be shocked if Kempny, Wagner, Gambrell, MacEachern and Brown all clear. Kempny to MTL, Wagner to Wagner to Buffalo, Gambrell to Ottawa, MacEachern to Detroit and Brown to Columbus! Just guesses on my part lol
I wouldn’t mind if Dorion picked up Gambrell. They were already lacking in center depth, and that’s before losing White for months.
Bruh wtf Pierre
Great work Brian, but there should be at least 1 paragraph dedicated to the great Calvin Pickard.
Hickey, 4th overall by the Kings way back when. Great pick by the Kings, Ha ha. Heck they could have traded down in the draft a few times and got a stock pile of picks and Hickey would have still been there in round 2. Never ever go off the board that early in the draft!
would like to see Philly try and claim one of the centers in the wire to stick in the C4 spot.
Suprised to see Wagner on that list. Gotta think some team will put a claim in on him.
Man I’d love to see brown in a Canucks sweater, can play up and down the line up but I doubt it unfortunately