The waiver wire has been buzzing as preseason and training camp concluded and NHL teams are cutting down their rosters to get to a 23-man opening night line up. Here’s the most important waiver wire news you may have missed.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Brian Boyle attended the Pittsburgh Penguins training camp on a Professional Try-Out (PTO), and was signed to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
New York Islanders: Michael Dal Colle didn’t receive a qualifying offer earlier this season, and instead signed after training camp as a Free Agent (no financial terms disclosed yet, the assumption is that his one year deal is for league minimum). Dal Colle has since been waived by the Islanders for the purposes of assigning him to the AHL.
Philadelphia Flyers: Cam York, the Flyers’ upstart defenseman drafted in at 14th overall in 2019 was sent down to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL) for further development after a successful camp. York made his NHL debut for the Flyers in the 2020-21 season, playing three games with the club.
Patrick Brown was claimed off waivers from the Vegas Golden Knights by the Flyers. Brown is a C/RW, and played four games with the Knights last season.
Washington Capitals: Former Capitals prospect Axel Jonsson-Fjallby was placed on waivers by the Buffalo Sabres, and the Capitals claimed Jonsson-Fjallby on Oct. 11. Jonsson-Fjallby played 31 games for the Hershey Bears (AHL) in the 2020-21 season for a total of 10 goals, 5 assists, 10 PIMs, and a +5.
New Jersey Devils: Miles Wood, LW, was placed on Injured Reserve (IR) for an undisclosed injury.
Jimmy Vesey, the 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner, attended the Devils training camp on a PTO and was signed as Free Agent to a one-year, one-way deal worth $800,000.
New York Rangers: Mika Zibanejad, C, was signed to an eight-year, $68 million dollar contract extension.
Vitali Kravtsov did not make the Rangers’ opening night roster, and has since refused to report to the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). The Rangers are expected to suspend Kravtsov, and have already given permission for Kravtsov’s agent to speak to other teams for a potential trade. Kravtsov played 20 games with the Rangers last season, putting up 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 PIMs and a -6.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Mikko Lehtonen re-signed with the Blue Jackets to a one-year deal over the off-season, but refused to report to the Cleveland Monsters (AHL) after clearing waivers. The Blue Jackets have suspended Lehtonen and placed him on unconditional waivers for the purposes of a contract buy-out.
Montreal Canadiens: Nick Suzuki signed an eight-year, $63 million dollar contract extension. It’s believed that Kotkaniemi’s departure increased the term and/or financial value of Suzuki’s contract offer.
Adam Brooks, C, was claimed from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Brooks spent 11 games with the Leafs for a total of 4 goals, 1 assist, and a +4.
Cayden Primeau, one of the Canadiens’ goaltending prospects was sent down to the Laval Rocket (AHL). Primeau played four games with the Canadiens for a 4.16 GAA and a 0.849 SV%.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Josh Ho-Sang attended the Leafs’ training camp on a PTO. Ho-Sang didn’t earn an NHL contract, but he signed a one-year, AHL-only deal with the Leafs’ AHL team, the Toronto Marlies.
Former Sharks forward Kurtis Gabriel was placed on waivers for the purposes of being reassigned to the Toronto Marlies. Last season for the Sharks, Gabriel played 11 games and tallied 55 PIMs and a +1.
Nikita Gusev signed with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.
Detroit Red Wings: Bobby Ryan was released from his PTO after training camp, although the Red Wings have expressed that there is still the possibility for Ryan to return to the Wings in some capacity.
Buffalo Sabres: Mattias Samuelsson was placed on IR for an undisclosed injury.
Ottawa Senators: Parker Kelly has been signed to a two-year contract extension. The first year will be a two-way deal worth $750,000 in the NHL and $100,000 in the AHL. The second year is a one-way contract for $775,000 AAV.
Chicago Blackhawks: Colin Delia, one of two Blackhawks goaltending prospects, was reassigned to the Rockford Icehogs (AHL). Delia played six games with the Blackhawks, posting a 3.59 GAA and 0.902 SV%.
Malcolm Subban, the other Blackhawks goaltending prospect, was also sent to the Rockford Icehogs. Subban played 16 games for the Blackhawks, posting a 3.20 GAA and a .900 SV%.
Erik Gustafsson, D, was signed to a one-year, $800,000 deal.
Alex Nylander was reassigned to the Rockford Icehogs.
Matej Chalupa was put on unconditional waivers for the purposes of contract termination and a buy-out.
Colorado Avalanche: Defender Jack Johnson was signed to a one-year, one-way contract worth $750k.
Vancouver Canucks: Alex Chiasson attended Canucks training camp on a PTO and was signed to a one-year, $750k contract.
Travis Hammonic was reassigned to the Abbotsford Canucks (AHL). Hammonic played 38 goals for the Vancouver Canucks in 2021, totaling 3 goals, 7 assists, 39 PIMs and a -3.
Phillip Di Giuseppe was also reassigned to the Abbotsford Canucks. Di Giuseppe played 31 games for the New York Rangers last season, scoring 1 goal, 7 assists, 13 PIMs and a +2.
Guillaume Brisebois was placed on IR for an undisclosed injury.
Edmonton Oilers: Dylan Holloway was placed on IR for an undisclosed injury.
Los Angeles Kings: Akil Thomas was placed on IR for an undisclosed injury.
San Jose Sharks: Jonah Gadjovich, claimed off of waivers from the Vancouver Canucks, is placed on IR by the Sharks, and is officially waived for the purposes of being sent down to the San Jose Barracuda (AHL).
Adam Raska was reassigned to the Barracuda (again).
Dylan Gambrell cleared waivers and was officially reassigned to the Barracuda.