Two players were placed on waivers today, Aaron Ward and PA Parenteau. Yesterday, goaltender Michael Leighton was placed on re-entry waivers. Lets take a further look at these players and the value they may have around the league.
Ward according to most Hurricanes fans has been terrible. That, however, means little when you play on one of the worst teams in the league. His contract expires at the end of the season and he carries a hefty 2.5 million cap hit. Teams like the New York Islanders or Columbus Blue Jackets have a strong need for another defender, but they just recently passed on Lukas Krajicek at almost half his cap hit.
As TSN’s Bob MacKenzie speculates, there may be more interest if he goes through re-entry waivers.Ward is a multiple Stanley Cup winner and should add a welcome addition to either team’s blueline.
Leighton sees re-entry waivers as he now is the third man out. Not starting a game until the end of October, the 28-year-old struggled to find his game winning only one game in seven appearances.
With teams like the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers needing a solid veteran backup, Leighton may get claimed. The claiming team, however, would be banking on the fact that the 28-year-old is simply a result of struggling team and not diminishing talent.
Parenteau’s demotion is a bit disappointing. The 26-year-old produced four points in 14 games playing primarily third and fourth line minutes. A star in the AHL, it would be interesting to see if he is claimed considering he carries a meager 500K cap hit. Still he is a diminutive forward who has very little value on a non-scoring line.
How many teams have a need for a career AHL player to play on their scoring lines?
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