With the NHL’s Holiday roster freeze going into effect tomorrow afternoon, today is truly the last day for general managers to tinker with their roster. After tomorrow the NHL waiver wire, trade market and even AHL promotion/demotion cycle will be frozen until after Christmas.
With that in mind, both Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford and Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney decided to cut bait on two forwards with Garrett Wilson of the Pens and Gemel Smith of the Bruins being placed on waivers.
The 27 year old Wilson has played just 13 games for the Pens this season, picking up two assists. He also has six goals and 12 points in 12 games with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this season.
As for Smith, the 24 year old was picked up by the Bruins off of waivers from the Dallas Stars earlier this month, but has gone pointless in three games for the Bruins. He managed six goals and 11 point in his first full NHL season last year with the Stars.