Wing Mathieu Perreault, known for his contagious smile as much as his speed, is one of five players the Jets dropped on Monday as the NHL teams prepare to finalize their roster by Tuesday. Defensemen CJ Suess, Luca Sbisa, forward Nelson Nogier and goalkeeper Eric Comrie join Perreault on the waiver thread.
“You really hope the guys who are on waivers for us today won’t be taken care of because they’re such important parts of our room,” said Jets center Andrew Copp, who was online with Perreault during the Jets training camp. .
“Frenchie has been here since I’ve been here. He’s one of the guys who brings it everyday [and] is an important piece that goes up and down in the range. Hopefully our team doesn’t change too much as we like the direction we’re going. ”
Waivers allow a team to send a player to a minor affiliate team, removing their salary from the cap for the time they are a minor. However, there is a waiting period before the player must report to the minors, during which they can be picked up by another team.
Once at the minors, the player can be called back to the big club in case of need.
Most hockey experts don’t expect Perreault, 33, to be taken care of because his $ 4.1 million salary this year would be a big hit to most of the team’s salary caps . He is in the final year of a four-year, $ 16.5 million contract extension.
Other former Jets to get the waivers on Monday include former team captain Andrew Ladd (now with the New York Islanders), Michael Frolik (Calgary), Anthony Bitetto (New York Rangers), Carl Dahlstrom (Vegas ) and Cameron Schilling (Washington Capitals).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related disruptions in revenue streams, the NHL has kept the 2021 salary cap at $ 81.5 million per team as it was the previous season.
“This is entirely and completely a cap compliance issue,” Jets head coach Paul Maurice said of Perreault’s move.
“We have to be in a certain place for the opening day [salary-wise]. There is always a chance that Mathieu could be claimed on exemptions [but] if he doesn’t, nothing changes in his ability to be on the roster’s opening night. ”
New to the NHL this year – specifically designed around COVID-19 – is what’s called a team of taxis. Each team is allowed to have a group of four to six players over their roster limit to travel with them for away games.
Players can be adapted to play at any time, should injuries or cases of COVID-19 arise and make room on the roster. When they are part of the taxi team, their salaries do not count towards the team cap.
Perreault joined the Jets in the 2014-2015 season after his contract with Anaheim expired. His greatest moment as a Jet came soon after when, on Jan. 13, he scored four goals in an 8-2 rout for the Florida Panthers.