It is crunch time at National Hockey League training camps and that means that some of the names being cut from those rosters are names that even more casual fans will be familiar with.
We are now just a few short days away from the return of NHL hockey, thank god, and unfortunately for some of the NHL veterans that are currently on the bubble of making their respective NHL rosters, that means their bubble is about to be burst. On Saturday 3 more NHL teams announced significant cuts to their roster and in all 3 cases some of the names being chopped off the list included players with significant NHL experience.
Of the three teams that were active on the waiver wire today the team that cut the fewest players was the Nashville Predators. The Predators made the decision to waive 26 year old forward Frederick Gaudreau and the center was joined by a former 1st round draft pick in defenseman Jared Tinordi, selected in the first round of the 2010 draft by the Montreal Canadiens.
The Toronto Maple Leafs were also busy on the day with the Canadian franchise cutting 4 players from its own roster. In the case of the Toronto Maple Leafs the team made the decision to waive defensemen Ben Harpur and Jordan Schmaltz while also waiving forwards Pontus Aberg and Tyler Gaudet.
The biggest movement of the day however came from within the Detroit Red Wings training camp. According to a report from Cap Friendly the Red Wings cut a whopping 8 players from their roster today, this in spite of being just a few short days away from the start of the 2019 -2020 NHL regular season, shaving off players at every position including goaltender.
Here is the full list of the players cut by the Red Wings today:
Dylan McIlrathDominic Turgeon
Matt PuempelJoe Hicketts
Calvin PickardBrian Lashoff
Turner ElsonChris Terry
Now as I'm sure you've noticed many of the players on this list have significant NHL experience under their belts. As teams are rounding out their final roster in the coming days do not be surprised if one or more of these players gets claimed as a final depth addition to a roster with a need at their respective positions. That being said, all players from yesterday have cleared waivers today.
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