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Three players placed on waivers

Three players placed on waivers

The NHL waiver wire is busy today, with three names available to claim. NorthStar Bets’ Chris Johnston reports this Wayne Simmonds of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Zach Sanford of the Nashville Predators and Magnus Hellberg of the Seattle Kraken have all been placed on waivers.

For Simmonds, that’s no big surprise. The 34-year-old has already gone through waivers once this season in early October. No longer a regular in Toronto’s lineup, he has bounced between the NHL and AHL whenever needed, playing in just four games so far. He will likely continue to do the same, but he had to reset his waiver clock after 30 days on the active roster.

Hellberg, meanwhile, will just have to hope he doesn’t have to move again. The veteran scorer signed with the Seattle Kraken, but when the team tried to waive him earlier this year, the Ottawa Senators picked him up while they dealt with their goaltending issues. Even though the Kraken got him back, he still hasn’t played with them and is now at risk of another claim. Given his KHL success and .935 save percentage in one game with Ottawa, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Hellberg on his way to a new team tomorrow.

It is Sanford who is a bit of a surprise among the three players, as this will be his first time on waivers. The 28-year-old signed a one-year, $850,000 deal with the Predators in the offseason after splitting last year between the Senators and Winnipeg Jets. In eight games so far, he has just two points, and saw less than 13 minutes in last night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes. Notably, he took an interference penalty on a tied game with just 2:52 remaining that could have easily cost the Predators the game, though they would eventually kill it off and win in a shootout.

Because of his size, cheap contract and history of success in the league (Sanford had 16 goals and 30 points in 58 games during the 2019-20 season), there is a reasonable argument for a team to claim him . If he isn’t taken, however, clearing waivers will give the Predators a little more roster flexibility.





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