Sunday, 29 September 2013

Patrice Cormier, Jeff Schultz, others available on NHL waiver wire

Some interesting names on the end-of-training camp NHL waiver list. Patrice Cormier is a big young tough slightly unbalanced winger, in the mentally-unhinged sense.  We could use one of those guys. Jeff Schultz is also being waived, Douglas Murray ended up being the big cheap defenceman acquired to bolster our toughness back there, and I know that Jeff Schultz isn’t a terror, but he is a rightie, and a little better with the puck.  I've made the case that I thought he might be a good add to the mix on our defence, but even I doubt my hockey acumen compared to Marc Bergevin's team, I'll trust them on this one.

We do see the dynamic though of how Gabriel Dumont easily went through waivers. A lot of Canadiens followers were worried he might not slip through, but we need not have worried.  If a team picks up a guy on waivers, either they have to put one of their own on waivers, or send a promising kid back down to the farm team and mess with his morale. No wonder organizations are leery of picking up another team’s castoffs, this early in the season every roster spot seems to be spoken for. Later on this season, if these players and others were waived, by then a few holes would have been created by injuries, and they’d be snapped up.

Oh, and after Hockey Night in Canada and TSN contaminating me with hours of Korbinian Holzer and Mike Kostka hype last season, with Mark Masters slurping them every chance he could, the former is on waivers and the latter was let go as a free agent this summer.  Now, which Leaf boy-wonder will get all the ink this season, and disappear before the next?

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