As training camps and the preseason continues, teams continue to trim down their roster to get closer to the final group of players they’ll carry when the regular season gets underway next month. We’ll keep track of the names that hit the waiver wire here. Today’s list was provided by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman (Twitter link).
Colorado Avalanche (per team Twitter)
New York Rangers
New Jersey Devils
St. Louis Blues
The Rangers have the players of some note on this list. Belzile held his own as a midseason recall with Montreal last season, notching six goals and eight assists in just 31 games. That allowed the 32-year-old to get a two-year commitment from New York this summer including a one-way salary in 2024-25. Nash didn’t see any NHL action last season but is no stranger to playing at the top level as a fourth-line center, suiting up 627 times over parts of 11 years. Blidh struggled in limited action with Colorado last season while Elson has just three NHL appearances thus far in his career.
Mackey could be a name to keep an eye on. The 27-year-old split last year between Calgary and Arizona, getting into a career-best 30 games. His performance there also earned him an opportunity to play at the Worlds for Team USA, his second appearance in that tournament over the last three years. This will be Emberson’s first time on waivers. The 23-year-old saw his production in the minors improve considerably last season, going from 11 points to 27 but he still sits fairly low on New York’s depth chart.
As for the other players on waivers today, Gaudette has 218 career NHL appearances under his belt and last season was the first time he didn’t see action at the top level in his six-year professional career. He was a productive scorer in the minors in 2022-23, notching 51 points between the affiliates of the Maple Leafs and Blues, who acquired him at the trade deadline. Wotherspoon last played in the NHL back in 2016-17 with Calgary while Middleton has three NHL games under his belt back in the 2020-21 campaign. Smallman, meanwhile, hasn’t seen any NHL action over his seven professional campaigns and is coming off a career-best 13 goals with AHL Colorado last season.
These players will be on waivers until 1 PM CT on Saturday.