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Matt Lashoff, Joey McDonald and Chris Bourque have all been placed on waivers. Tarik El-Bashir says that Bourque would not have been placed on waivers if the Caps were able to move Nylander. But cap concerns forced their hand. There is a chance that Bourque will be claimed, as he pretty much made the Caps.
Atlanta has signed Maxim Afinogenov. Details to come.
Yanick Weber and Ben Maxwell among Habs cuts.
According to this, the Coyotes have signed Robert Lang pending a physical. This would shift Mueller back to the wing and provide Lombardi with some help to take the heat off. Essentially Lang replaces Turris – or where we thought/hoped Turris would be.
The Lightning have waived Matt Lashoff! Pretty significant move for the once highly-touted offensive defenseman.
The Sabres have cut Cody McCormick. Drew Stafford is suffering from a concussion. This could help the likes of Gerbe and Kennedy to at least start the year in Buffalo.
Big cuts in Nashville – Cal O’Reilly is no surprise. Remember, his contract is a two-way this year, but is a one-way next year. He has to clear waivers. Peter Olvecky was a little unexpected, as was Alexander Sulzer. The latter was a player whom was highly touted in Nashville as such a lock that he was never mentioned among the “maybes”. He was a lock. No longer. Joel Ward is on injured reserve, Colin Wilson (groin) is a non-roster player and so the Preds are now down to 23. Still with the team – Cody Franson and Teemu Laakso. The latter, I would imagine, will be cut. Making the team: Ryan Jones, Patric Hornqvist and Mike Santorelli. Good on them. Of the three, Horny has the most upside. Yes, I’m childish.
Surprise – the Penguins have signed Martin Skoula. This could impact how many games Goligoski gets into, so tweak him down your lists for this year.
Interesting news out of LA… apparently the Kings are close to bringing in Gretzky in some sort of management/advisory role.
Sergei Shirokov will skate on the second line with Kesler and Samuelsson to start the season. More importantly, however, he will skate on the TOP power play unit with the Sedin twins.
Michael Del Zotto has been named as the PP QB for the Rangers. Pretty impressive for a 19-year-old. John Tortorella loves his skating and visison. Good on Torts for not letting the massive salaries of Redden and Rozsival cloud his judgment for this important position. Del Zotto could hit 40 points this season.
With Duchene on the Avalanche and Grachev in the AHL, look for Brampton to most likely trade Hodgson. Imagine if Windsor can somehow acquire him… Ellis, Hall, Hodgson… wow!
Angus here. After a dissapointing training camp, Cody Hodgson has indeed been sent back to Brampton of the OHL. The confirmation is here. I am not surprised – the extra year of development has been beneficial to players like Bobby Ryan, and rushing a player who isn’t ready has proven time and time again to be a stupid move.