There was a big trade in the National Hockey League this morning but by the looks of things it may have only been the first chip to fall in what may end up being some bigger moves for the two team's involved.
In case you missed it you can read all about the trade in our original report, but to sum it up for you there were 4 players swapped between the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers with a defenseman and a forward given up by each team and headed the other way in the deal. That trade however appears to have had some impact on the current roster of both franchises with both teams looking to make an additional move after the trade itself was completed.
According to a breaking news report from Sportsnet's National Hockey League insider Elliotte Friedman both the Flyers and the Canadiens have each opted to place a player on the waiver wire following the trade. The most significant move comes from the Montreal Canadiens who have placed veteran defenseman Karl Alzner back on waivers, a move that continues to make his signing look like one of the worst moves of Canadiens' general manager Marc Bergevin's tenure within the organization. In spite of earning a staggering $4.625 million per season on his current deal Alzner has appeared in a total of just 9 games for the Canadiens this season.
It has become abundantly clear that the veteran defenseman has not meshed well with Habs head coach Claude Julien and his more old school style and the fact that Alzner continues to find himself on waivers is a very bad sign indeed. No team has been willing to gamble on him thus far and I do not expect that he will be picked up this time around either.
As for the Flyers they have placed 28 year old center Corban Knight on the waiver wire as well. In the case of Knight this move comes as very little surprise given the use that he has seen in the Flyers' organization in recent season. Knight has only appeared in 3 total games for the Flyers this season and prior to this season he had spent all of the previous to seasons in the American Hockey League for the LeHigh Valley Phantoms.