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Injuries in Ottawa Force a Trade?

12/26/2009
Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins

The latest from Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun discusses the injury to Daniel Alfredsson as well as the need to replace his production in the lineup.  After sustaining a hit from Craig Adams on Wednesday, the Senators captain expects to miss a few weeks with a bum shoulder.  The 37-year-old joins pivot Jason Spezza and wing Nick Foligno in the press box as they continue to recover from their own ailments while Chris Neil, Shean Donovan and Pascal Leclaire all returned to the lineup a mere three days ago.

Although center Josh Hennessy initially gets a call up, the rookie definitely is not and will not be the solution.  If this team is to stay within the playoff picture they must make a move quickly and patch the gaping hole in their top six.

Garrioch may be onto something for once with his article.  The controversial reporter discusses the merits of trading for Christopher Higgins or Alexander Frolov, both impending free agents after the season.

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Waivers, Waivers and Re-Entry Waivers

12/14/2009
Atlanta Thrashers v Carolina Hurricanes

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.

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Today's Waiver Roundup

12/09/2009
Washington Capitals v New York Rangers

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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Blues, Blue Jackets Trade & Waiver Roundup

12/08/2009
Ottawa Senators v Florida Panthers

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.

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Islanders Looking for Help on the Blueline

12/08/2009
Washington Capitals v New York Islanders

Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank runs down the Islanders need for a new defenseman in his latest entry.  A few main points from the article:

  • Injuries: Radek Martinek out for the season.  Andy Sutton out at least two more games.
  • Depth: Rookie Andrew MacDonald already plays 12 minutes a game.  Brendan Witt is a team worst minus 15.  Dustin Kohn is the only option to be called up.
  • A few players that Botta thinks would make sense: Aaron Ward, Garnett Exelby, Brent Sopel or Joe Corvo.  Botta prefers Corvo or Ward.

A move could easily be made for all these rumored available defensemen.  As I wrote earlier, I don’t think Carolina is purely in “sell-mode” yet, moving Ward will make the team younger and may even be a bit of addition by subtraction.  Getting rid of a vet not necessarily working out may wake up some other underachieving players.  I still feel Carolina will need a young defenseman coming back or will have to wait for Corvo to return from injury to replace Ward’s minutes.

Interesting to see what will happen on the Island.   They are willing to spend, which is a welcome change to a very promising young team.

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Michael Leighton, Jeremy Reich Placed on Waivers

12/07/2009
Carolina Hurricanes v Buffalo Sabres

Bob MacKenzie reports, via Twitter, both of these players have been placed on waivers.

According to Chip Alexander’s Canes Now starter Cam Ward is expected to play Wednesday making the Leighton expendable to the team.  In parts of three seasons with Carolina the 28-year-old held a line of 8-12-0-2 averaging a GAA of over three.  With other established backups such as Joey MacDonald and Steve Valiquette passing through waivers earlier in the year I would expect there to be few takers on the veteran.

In other news the New York Islanders also placed 30-year-old Jeremy Reich on waivers.  The Craik, Saskatchewan native did not play a game for the Isles and has six points over 99 career NHL games with the Bruins and Blue Jackets.  He was originally drafted in the 2nd round by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

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