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Over the last 24 hours, numerous goalies became available throughout the league. We already discussed the availability of Jaroslav Halak here, but there are a few interesting options popping up.
John Fontana with Raw Charge wonders if the Lightning are shopping goalie Mike Smith. With solid depth in the minors and a significant amount of money owed to Smith this season and next (2.4 million cap hit) it may make sense to move the talented netminder. With the 27-year-old playing six of the last nine Lightning games, it certainly makes sense that the team would be shopping him.
Likewise, the Florida Panthers listed goalie Tomas Vokoun as available according to Chris Botta of Fanhouse. Botta points out that top prospect Jacob Markstrom seems poised to join the club after this season leaving them with what they would consider two top goaltenders. Markstrom is certainly the future of the organization, but if he needs more time to develop the Panthers may have another lost year on their hands.
The Washington Capitals placed Michael Nylander on waivers for the second time this season. I posed this question on Twitter earlier today, but Is Nylander really THAT bad?
Most Capitals fans say yes. Signed for this year and next, his annual cap hit of 4.875 million puts the handcuffs on GM George McPhee. In fact, teammate and essentially replacement Brendan Morrison is playing at a point-per-game pace while making a meager 1.5 million. Even if Nylander was claimed on re-entry waivers his cap hit would still be about a million above that.
Would anybody claim him?
Possibly, as the 37-year-old is only two years removed from a 83 point campaign. However these are two long years on a body that has endured over 16 years pro experience. Combine that with a recession and a salary cap and Nylander finds himself practicing alone, in Rockville in New York Rangers gear.
Maybe reuniting with Jaromir Jagr in Omsk would make the Swedish native happy. He seems to have no place on the current NHL rosters.
In other news, Ville Koistinen cleared re-entry waivers. A bit of a shocker to me, Koistinen is still young and has some success in the NHL. Couple that with the fact that the claiming team would only have to pay him a measly 600K. Simply put, he could have some value to a team in desperate need of a defenseman. With teams like the Blue Jackets and Islanders short on the defensive side I cannot beleive nobody took a chance.
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TSN’s Bob MacKenzie reports the news around the waiver wire. The Florida Panthers placed defenseman Ville Koistinen on re-entry waivers. His cap hit is a meager 1.2 million, which if claimed would be split by both the claiming team and the Panthers. In 17 games with Florida the 27-year-old has one goal and three assists. In 103 career games between his team and Nashville the Finn has 8 goals and 24 assists.
As we predicted yesterday, Jeremy Reich and Michael Leighton cleared waivers.
In other news, the Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues made a minor move. The Blues get Pascal Pelletier while the Blue Jackets receive Brendan Bell and Tomas Kana.
The largest part of the deal seems to be Bell. The 26-year-old defenseman posted 17 points in 21 games with the Blues AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen. The former Leaf draft pick played 53 games last year with the Ottawa Senators and was recently selected by Hockey Canada to represent his country in the Spengler Cup.