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Deep Blue Sea: Joel Kellman placed on waivers

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San Jose Sharks center Joel Kellman (46) looks on before the NHL hockey game between the San Jose Sharks and the Arizona Coyotes on January 14, 2021 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The San Jose Sharks have placed center Joel Kellman on waivers this morning.

The 26-year-old played in the Sharks’ opening day game win against the Arizona Coyotes, but was a healthy scratch in yesterday afternoon’s loss. He logged 12 minutes of ice time on the team’s fourth line, putting up on shot on goal, one penalty, one blocked shot and a 50 percent success rate in the faceoff circle.

Kellman earned a two-year contract in August and carries a $750,000 cap hit. If he clears and is reassigned to the minors, his salary drops from $700,000 to $300,000. He played 25 games with the San Jose Barracuda last season, putting up four goals and 12 assists.

News & Notes

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  • Report: Jimmy Howard expected to retire after 14 NHL seasons [TheScore]
  • NHL fines Jared McCann for elbowing [Pensburgh]
  • ‘No regrets’: Adam McQuaid officially announces retirement from NHL [CBC]
  • Lightning, other NHL teams, must be prepared for breaks in play [Tampa Bay Times]
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