NHL Rumor and Waiver Roundup – October 5, 2011.

In today’s roundup: Sean Avery’s future, and how it could impact the Dallas Stars cap hit…The Flyers resolve their cap space problem…Bruins still talking with Chris Clark…Rangers still seek defenseman…Oilers haven’t given up on Brule…Panthers demote Reinprecht…Canucks waive Oreskovich.

Kissing his NHL career goodbye?

NEW YORK POST/NORTHJERSEY.COM: reported on the Rangers placing Sean Avery on waiver today. His agent, Pat Morris, said he didn’t expect Avery to be claimed by another NHL team, and his options could include playing in Europe, rather than accept demotion to the minors.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Pat Leonard reports if Avery is demoted it would clear his salary from the Rangers and Dallas Stars cap space. The Rangers claimed Avery off re-entry waivers two years ago, and the two teams as a result have split his salary. If he’s claimed on re-entry waivers, the Stars would still owe him half his remaining salary, with the Rangers and his new team picking up a quarter each.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports if Avery is demoted, it could have the Stars dancing perilously close to falling beneath the salary cap “floor” of $48.3 million, though the club expects it’ll be fine.

WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe reports Jets coach Claude Noel made it clear his club had no interest in plucking Avery off waivers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt any NHL team has interest in Avery, even if they could get him dirt cheap off re-entry waivers. Sure, it’s possible, but it certainly doesn’t sound like that’ll happen. It appears Avery’s best option will be to play out this season in Europe, after which he’ll be an unrestricted free agent. I think we’ve seen the last of Avery as an NHL player.

TSN.CA/CSNPHILLY.COM: reported last night the Philadelphia Flyers have resolved their salary cap problems with Brayden Schenn by “loaning” to the minors, where he’s expected to only spend one day, after which he’ll likely be recalled. The move is done to avoid the possibility of part of Schenn’s bonus clauses counting against the Flyers salary cap, lessening the cap hit to a more affordable $1.75 million for this season. The club also placed Blair Betts, Oskars Bartulis and Matt Walker on waivers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That should put an end to the rumors of the Flyers trading Scott Hartnell to clear cap space.

BOSTON HERALD: Dan Duggan reports Chris Clark is still waiting on a contract from the Bruins. Clark attended Bruins training camp on a tryout basis, and GM Peter Chiarelli said discussions were still ongoing with Clark.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen what happens in this situation, but I’d say the Bruins stand a better chance of signing Clark as a possible replacement for the retired Mark Recchi than acquiring Ray Whitney from Phoenix in an early season trade…;)

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the Rangers placed defensemen Brendan Bell and Stu Bickell on waivers to create roster room for a veteran defenseman, should one become available later today as teams finalize their rosters for the start of the season. Head coach John Tortorella said the Rangers don’t expect to find more than a third-pairing defenseman.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for the “Carl Gunnarsson to the Rangers” talk.

EDMONTON SUN: Robert Tykchowski reports Oilers management may have demoted Gilbert Brule but they haven’t given up on him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I disagree, the fact they tried to trade him to the Kings in June as part of the Ryan Smyth deal tells me they’d given up on him for a while.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The NY Islanders signed former Devil Jay Pandolfo to a one-year contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: CapGeek lists it as a one-year, one-way $600K deal. So much for the Islanders making a trade for a veteran forward.

MIAMI HERALD: George Richards reports the Florida Panthers are expected to place forward Steven Reinprecht on re-entry waivers, in hopes a rival club will claim him and take half his remaining $2 million salary.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks have placed winger Victor Oreskovich on waivers and will demote him to their AHL affiliate if he clears. The club also claimed Dale Weise off waivers from the NY Rangers to replace Oreskovich.


  1. Sean Avery has seen his last days in the NHL?….awesome. I will somewhat miss his “act” as a shit disturber. But I think it would be fitting to have him leave the game this way…cut and embarrased, not retire on his own terms.

  2. I dont think anyone would want the Rangers “sloppy seconds”

  3. Goodbye Avery. Now if Mario would get rid of his goon the game would be better off. To go off topic, I find it strange that so many players, although marginal at this point, have cleared waivers without being picked up. Does no one need a Joey MacDonald or Anton Khudobin on their AHL affiliate, even at half the price? I mean look at some of the back-ups at the NHL level. Wouldn’t these guys be a bargain emergency plan?

  4. Sean Avery done? I think you overestimate NHL gm’s and their ability to manage or underestimate their future desperation. Watch Ottawa or someone pick him up at a reduced cap-hit. Not meaning to pick on Ottawa, but when we are into regular season play and a team is underperforming or an injury happens some gm’s seem to forget why a certain player is available and they roll the dice.

  5. So the Rangers are looking for a 3rd pairing D? — Well they can have Kuba for cheap…. PLEASE.

  6. HillyBilly

    No team, especially one into a rebuild with plenty of young players would even contimplate adding that cancer to their roster. He’s finished. I hope he enjoys the ECHL or Europe. Better yet, he can focus on his real passion, fashion…

  7. Sandy….I thought the exact same thing when I read the article.

    HillyBilly….Ottawa has enough depth and toughness that they do not need Avery. It is a rebuild year in Ottawa, they rather call up someone from their own farm team to replace any injury, to give the youths all the chance they can get.

  8. @Sensfan. I am not advocating any team picking up Avery on re-entry. I am just saying it wouldn’t be surprising if a team did take a chance on him- maybe some time will have to pass, in the minors for a year like Souray or playing in Europe or the KHL. And the reason I mentioned Ottawa was they signed Gonchar last year and Kovalev – gambles? And it is hard staying patient during a rebuilding year. I’d rather see the young players given a shot over Avery too.
    The questionable decisions by GM’s are great fodder for the net and talk radio. Where would we be without them?

  9. HillyBilly…..The only reason why the sens gambled on those two players, because they thought they were still a contending team….they threw in the white towel last year, and aren’t about to make the same mistakes again, they know they are not a playoff team and plan on rebuilding properly…Melynyk has the patients for a 2-3 year rebuild as he stated many times.

  10. You cannot claim someone off waivers and put them in the AHL without exposing them to waivers again.

  11. Brutal move by Philly. That is a dirty trick to put Schenn in the minors for a day and cost him roughly $1 million in bonuses. I get that they have to do what they have to do to get around the cap, but if I were Schenn I would feel ripped off by my bosses. I’m surprised no one else is commenting on this.

  12. @Sensfan- I guess I shouldn’t have mentioned any team in my post… unless it was the Leafs. I’d like to hear the roommate stories of Phaneuf and Avery. I hope Ottawa gets their rebuild going and are back competitive again and for that matter Oilers and I guess Leafs too. Cheers.
    @Pug.serf- If Avery gets back to the NHL, I will not be surprised. But I think the NHL is better off without him.

  13. @mojo19 Listening on the radio this morning to the Schenn stuff. It seems underhanded. It is almost sending out the message “we want you to do well, but not to the point where we have to pay you more money”. This appears to be strictly cap management. He should have some minor league clause- only appear in one minor league game get a million $ bonus at the minor league level so as not to impact salary cap. Gotta employ more lawyers to come up with more contrived contracts.

  14. The bonus he’s gonna miss is for playing 25 mins a game on 82games he wouldn’t get it anyway

  15. Tomger is right about Schenn’s bonus. Pretty sure Crosby wouldn’t even have earned that in his first year if it were a part of his contract. If anything, smart move by the Flyers Brass…..get rid of the possibility right at the start. I’m pretty sure when Schenn read his contract (with the Kings at the time) probably thought to himself….”That’s a far reach to earn that bonus”.

  16. If schenn wants to be mad at someone it should be his agent. After all he the agent is the one who put that stupid bonus structure. There is not a team in the NHL that wouldn’t do the same thing the Flyers did. Plus like other people have been saying his Bonus money was crazy any way. Plus Schenn not only was hurt and missed time he flat out got outplayed by Read and Couturier. This is the first article that i have seen schenn will be back up right away he may be there for a bit the flyers have no cap space to bring him back up. It will be even longer if Couturier stick past the 10 game mark.

  17. He hasnt even played a full year yet…a million plus is more then enough….before you use to have to pay your dues to get payed now they are throwing money at kids…

  18. The league on one hand does not need Avery but damn he sure does put the opposition right off their game with his tactics. If he ends up in the KHL, he might just get shot for being..well Sean Avery..Personally, I do hope that the NHL’s #1 pain in the butt finds employment here

  19. Schenn will be back in the NHL after the first 5 games. Once Jody Shelley’s 5 game suspension is over Philly will waive him and Schenn will take his roster spot. Unless Couturier completely dominates in his first 10 games, he will be sent back to juniors and Philly will call up either Wellwood or Testwuide.