With just five days to go until the NHL’s February 25th trade deadline, there’s plenty of movement around the league. Yesterday four NHLers hit the waiver wire including Florida Panthers forward Michael Haley.
Today, the San Jose Sharks put a claim in on Haley, the often scratched enforcer.
Today, the Washington Capitals have placed forward Devante Smith-Pelly on waivers, while Philadelphia Flyers have placed goaltender Mike McKenna on waivers.
The McKenna move makes sense as the Flyers currently have three other goaltenders on their roster with starter Carter Hart, veteran Brian Elliott and the recently acquired Cam Talbot.
It was believed that the Capitals would put forward Dmitrij Jaskin on waivers, but for some reason they elected to waive fan favorite Smith-Pelly. Smith-Pelly won over fans with his play in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs and ended up signing a one year, $1 million deal with the team during the offseason. Regardless, Caps insider Isabelle Khurshudyan feels that by placing him on waivers, the Caps could be preparing for a bigger move at the deadline.
Queue the trade rumours…