A wild day of waivers Monday led to several players finding new homes Tuesday afternoon, including a second Detroit Red Wing in three days landing elsewhere due to waivers.
As teams trimmed their rosters down ahead of Tuesday’s roster deadline, a number of prominent players and prospects were sent to the waiver wire and that has led to a number of notable waiver claims Tuesday afternoon.
All told, Monday’s roster trim saw 34 players hit waivers, and there were more than a few NHL regulars on the list. For the most part, it was either veteran players who had lost their spots or prospects yet to find a fit in the NHL who found themselves in limbo, but only five of those waived ended up finding new homes before having to start the campaign in the AHL.
Here are the five players who were scooped up Tuesday:
Klas Dahlbeck, Carolina Hurricanes
Waived by: Arizona Coyotes
While he might not be the biggest name on the list, Dahlbeck was an interesting case for a number of reasons. When the Chicago Blackhawks made their trade deadline moves ahead of the 2014-15 post-season, Dahlbeck was one of the major pieces, along with a first-round draft pick, shipped out to acquire Antoine Vermette.
Dahlbeck was expected to be an NHL regular in 2015-16, and though he was a regular, he barely saw the ice. In 71 games, he averaged less than 16 minutes of ice time and chipped in two goals and eight points. But at 25, there could still be room for Dahlbeck to grow, and that’s what Carolina is hoping for.
Teemu Pulkkinen, Minnesota Wild
Waived by: Detroit Red Wings
Pulkkinen’s AHL production had Red Wings fans salivating, as he posted consecutive 30-goal years with the Grand Rapids Griffins, including a 34-goal in 46-game performance in 2014-15. However, he was never able to quite find his fit in Detroit.
When he played, he played sparingly — Pulkkinen averaged 11:34 of ice time across 36 games in 2015-16 — and his skating ability never caught up to his mighty shot, which is undoubtedly his greatest asset. The thing is, though, that if he can find his fit as a third-liner with a consistent role as power play triggerman, Pulkkinen might be able to turn into an asset for the Wild.
P-A Parenteau, New Jersey Devils
Waived by: New York Islanders
Signed in the off-season to a one-year, $1.25-million deal, Parenteau potted 20 goals and 41 points this past season as a Toronto Maple Leaf. Why he wasn’t able to find a fit with the Islanders is hard to say, but New York chose to go with more youthful talent than veteran players when it came crunch time with their roster, hence Parenteau’s departure.
But the Islanders’ loss can be the Devils’ gain. Parenteau should fit in as a middle-six forward, and possibly skate second-line minutes with Adam Henrique as his center. If that’s the case, maybe another 20-goal campaign can be in the offing for Parenteau.
Mike Condon, Pittsburgh Penguins
Waived by: Montreal Canadiens
Condon started out hot and fizzled down the stretch, but he performed admirably after being thrown into the fire in Montreal after Carey Price went down with injury early in the campaign. The Canadiens simply didn’t have room for him anymore, though, especially not after going out and securing Al Montoya to make sure Price had a more-than-capable backup this season.
What’s disappointing for Condon is that he might not be done moving around even after being claimed by the Penguins. Once Matt Murray returns from injury, Condon will fall to third string and likely be bumped back down to the minors. Does he get claimed again, or end up in the AHL?
Seth Griffith, Toronto Maple Leafs
Waived by: Boston Bruins
Each of the past three AHL campaigns have been solid from Griffith, and he had 56 goals and 158 points in 165 games for the Bruins’ affiliate. Now he’ll get a chance to see if that production can translate over to the NHL, and he could get a shot at playing some good minutes on a Maple Leafs team that is still trying to find the right fits on its roster.
Griffith won’t come into the lineup and play top tier minutes, and he’s likely to start as a third- or fourth-liner in Toronto, but that even that would be an upgrade from the 9:58 he averaged in four games for Boston this past season.
Among the more notable players who cleared waivers Tuesday were Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, Arizona Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi, Columbus Blue Jackets winger Gregory Campbell and Tampa Bay Lightning winger Cory Conacher.
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