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The Buffalo Sabres are attempting to reach an arrangement allowing forward Ales Kotalik to play in Europe this season.
Without going into specifics, general manager Darcy Regier would only say Thursday, “We’re working on it.’‘
Playing in Europe became an option after Kotalik did not report to the Sabres’ AHL affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., upon clearing waivers Monday.
From Bob McKenzie Tweet:
Notables amongst today’s waivers: Mikkelson (CGY), Cheechoo, Hensick, Syvret (STL), McLean (CHI), Bell and Sexton (ANA), Reinprecht (FLA)
For a complete list of today’s waivers, go to TSN.
The Washingon Capitals claimed Staffan Kronwall off re-entry waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.
The 26-year-old defenceman was placed on waivers by the Maple Leafs on Thursday.
From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
The Blues will place goaltender Manny Legace on waivers at 11 a.m. today, the Post-Dispatch has learned.
The team will know this weekend whether Legace has been claimed by another team.
If he is not, Legace will be sent to Peoria.
“It’s extremely tough,” Legace said this morning. “You play your heart out for a team, and the minute you hit a little bit of a rough patch, they dump on you.
Update 1:11pm ET: Press Release from the St. Louis Blues—
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has recalled goaltender Chris Holt from the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.
Update 1:20pm ET: From Jeff Gordon at St. Louis Today—
Actually, the Blues hockey staff has been patient this season. Legace started the year as the clear No. 1 goaltender and had every chance to keep that job.
With top prospect Ben Bishop needing more time in Peoria, Legace had a chance to extend his stay in a city he clearly loves. But nagging injuries and inconsistency marred his season and hurt the Blues’ competitive chances.
According to Bob McKenzie on NHL Live this morning, the Tampa Bay Lightning has placed Radim Vrbata on waivers.
12:40pm ET Update: Noted by RDS, it was both Vrbata and Chris Gratton that were placed on waivers.
1:00pm ET Update: From TSN, Vrbata asked to be waived—
The free-agent winger, who was signed to a three-year, $9 million free-agent contract in the off-season is apparently heading home to the Czech Republic to finish the season there. The Lightning will apparently not be responsible for paying him for the balance of this season but the contract will remain in force for the second and third years should he choose to return to the NHL.
“Radim is a great guy and he came into our office on Sunday morning and just told us his confidence is low and he would like to head home to the Czech Republic to finish the season,” Lightning owner Oren Koules told TSN. “He just wants to take the rest of the year off (from the NHL) and try to get his game back over there. If he wants to come back next season, great. That’s his call. This is all very amicable. He’s a great guy who’s really struggling right now.”
added 3:38pm (Paul), via Jamie’s Hockey Blog at About.com,
A bad contract dissolves in a puff of smoke and the cap room magically reappears.
Though the team is framing it as Vrbata’s choice, management must be thrilled to find a dumping ground for the player, the contract and the cap hit.
The Ottawa Senators waived Luke Richardson on Thursday, a move that could end the big defenceman’s lengthy NHL career.
If Richardson, 39, isn’t claimed by another club by noon ET on Friday, he can be sent down to the Senators’ AHL affiliate in Binghamton. But at his age, the six-foot-three, 214-pound blue-liner isn’t expected to accept a minor-league assignment.
One of the oldest players in the NHL, Richardson has been a healthy scratch for most of this season.
The San Jose Sharks assigned defenceman Kyle McLaren to their minor-league affiliate in Worcester on Wednesday after no NHL teams claimed the 12-year NHL veteran on waivers.
McLaren, who spent the past 4 1/2 seasons with the Sharks, was waived Tuesday in a move to create salary-cap room. The oft-injured veteran is due to make US$2.5 million this season, but he didn’t fit the Sharks’ plans after the club added defencemen Rob Blake, Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich to a young defensive core including Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Christian Ehrhoff and Doug Murray.
“Kyle is an NHL player,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. “He has the ability to play for many more years in this league, and it just didn’t work out with us for whatever reason.”
The Carolina Hurricanes have claimed forward Sergei Samsonov off re-entry waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks. Samsonov has appeared in 23 of Chicago’s games without scoring a goal. He has four assists, and a minus-seven plus-minus rating.
Update 12:41pm ET:
From the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has claimed right wing Sergei Samsonov on re-entry waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks. Samsonov is expected to join the Hurricanes in Boston for the team’s game tonight against the Bruins.
“Sergei brings NHL experience to add depth to our forwards,” said Rutherford.
From the AP and TSN,
Sergei Samsonov cleared NHL waivers on Monday, and was put on re-entry waivers by the Blackhawks on Tuesday.
Samsonov has appeared in 23 of Chicago’s games without scoring a goal. He has four assists, and a minus-seven plus-minus rating. He was acquired last June from Montreal for Jassen Cullimore and Tony Salmelainen. Samsonov is under contract for US$3.525 million this season and can become an unrestricted free agent next July 1.
If a team claims him, they will only have to pay half of his remaining salary, with Chicago paying the rest.
The Phoenix Coyotes have claimed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov off the waiver wire on Saturday and will likely get the start in goal tonight when the Coyotes visit the LA Kings.
Sources say when the National Hockey League’s waiver transactions are sent out at Noon et on Friday, the Anaheim Ducks will make netminder Ilya Bryzgalov available.
added 11:18am, from the OC Register,
“We’re making this move, first and foremost, to give Ilya Bryzgalov a chance to play,” Ducks general manager Brian Burke said. “He’s a good guy who’s played well for us, but we’ve committed to the other goaltender.”...
“I’ve been unable to move Ilya in a trade,” Burke said. “I’ve laid it out for his agent (Don Meehan), and told him we would take this next step. We’ll see where it goes.”
added 11:59am, via the CP,
“What I promised Bryz is that I would find him a place to play,” Burke told The Canadian Press on Friday. “Bryz is a great kid and a loyal soldier. He’s won three playoff rounds for us and he deserves to play somewhere. But I was unable to move him.
“The single, biggest obstacle was that he’s unrestricted at the end of the year. I wasn’t offered anything of value for him. But I promised him, `If I can’t get something of value for you, we’ll put you on waivers.”’
added 12:16pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Evgeni Nabokov and Miikka Kiprsuoff for every game this year, an indication that - salary-cap permitting - they might be in the market for an established back-up, rather than trust the youngsters that they’re carrying on their rosters at the moment.
added 12:43pm, more from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
One more possible destination for Ilya Bryzgalov, the goaltender put on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks this morning: The Pittsburgh Penguins, who’ve gotten decent work from back-up Dany Sabourin so far this year, plus some up-and-down play from starter Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Philadelphia Flyers placed suspended forward Jesse Boulerice on waivers on Monday.
Boulerice is serving a 25-game suspension for cross-checking Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler in the head last Wednesday