A list of notable players on the NHL waiver wire, plus a roundup of players to watch in this season’s rumor mill.
Busy waiver wire.
KUKLA’S KORNER: provided a list of players who went on waivers yesterday as NHL teams made their final roster cuts before the start of the season. Among the notables were Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, Calgary Flames forwards Mason Raymond and Paul Byron, Boston Bruins forward Max Talbot and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski.
SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston reports the salary cap is largely to blame for salaried NHL players (like some of those noted above) being placed on waivers for the purpose of demotion, even though their respective teams will only receive limited salary cap relief. Several days ago, the Edmonton Oilers did the same with Nikita Nikitin and Ben Scrivens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible those players could be recalled by their respective clubs later in the season. As there’s no such thing as re-entry waivers anymore, a player like MacDonald carrying a hefty cap hit won’t be attractive to a rival team. Some of these players could become trade bait, though their current teams could end up offering to pick up part of their salaries to improve their trade value.
Players to watch in this season’s rumor mill.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch lists several players who could be worth watching throughout this season. Among those “drawing interest” are potential UFAs like Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien, Carolina’s Eric Staal and Cam Ward, Edmonton’s Teddy Purcell and Ottawa’s Chris Neil. Those to “keep an eye on” include Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar, NY Rangers’ Dan Boyle, Vancouver’s Dan Hamhuis and Winnipeg’s Andrew Ladd.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Other than Purcell and Neil, all the aforementioned have frequently appeared in trade speculation throughout the offseason. I’m sure we’ll hear a lot more about them over the course of this season.