There was quite a bit of news as we gear up for the season so let’s get to it.
Monday was a big day for waivers as teams were paring down their rosters to get under the cap and to the roster limit by Tuesday afternoon. Now, remember, that anyone claimed today would have to be on the 23-man roster for whichever team claims them for submission to the NHL, so a team claiming them would effectively be replacing one of their own roster players with the waiver addition. That makes these players unlikely to be claimed.
There were three notable forwards to hit waivers: Josh Ho-Sang from the Islanders, Daniel Sprong from Anaheim, and Sven Baertschi from Vancouver.
I honestly have no earthly idea why Baertschi was on waivers over guys like Brandon Sutter or Jay Beagle. They do have to get under the cap and that’s why someone had to be put on waivers – if he’s taken, they’re under – but that it was him instead of much worse players just kind of shows where Vancouver is right now: spinning their tires with a capped-out, average roster.
As far as Ho-Sang goes, he’s more divisive. Some people think he’s never done anything to prove he belongs in the NHL, others believe he was never really given a fair chance (and has performed well on the few chances he’s had). Of course, there was the alarm clock incident or whatever, but I’m hopeful he catches on somewhere that can use him. I still think there’s a very good NHL player here and the Islanders just flat missed it. We’ll see.
Daniel Sprong was also put on waivers but I’m curious to see if anyone grabs him. He couldn’t make it work in two different franchises containing three Hall of Fame centres. Will it work elsewhere (or right back in Anaheim)? I’m not so optimistic.
Some other notable names: Christian Djoos (WSH-D),