Corey Perry and Tyler Johnson were among the notable NHL players who were exempted on Monday.
Perry and Michael Frolik The Montreal Canadiens have both been retired, but coach Claude Julien has said he hopes forwards will remain a key part of their plans for this season.
” We do not have the choice. It is linked to the cap (NHL salary), ”said Julien. “We can only protect a certain [number] players. Our ceiling situation now allows us to keep 21 players. ”
Perry agreed to a one-year, $ 750,000 contract with the Canadiens on December 29. The 35-year-old scored 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 57 games to help the Dallas Stars reach the Stanley Cup final last season. won the Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and was voted the Hart Trophy winner as the NHL MVP in 2010-11, when he led the NHL with 50 goals to also win the Mauritius Trophy “Rocket” Richard.
« [Perry] was a pretty impactful player and he brings something to our team that we thought we could use, ”said Julien. You control what you can and keep your fingers crossed on the things you can’t. ”
Johnson, striker and defender Luke Schenn were canceled by Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Johnson is a 20-goal quadruple scorer who has played 534 regular-season games in the NHL, all for the Lightning.
Schenn played 759 regular season games for seven different teams (Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Arizona Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks, Vancouver Canucks and Lightning).
All NHL teams are due to finalize rosters by 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday. On Monday, the last-day waivers could be used to hit the $ 81.5 million NHL salary cap. Successful players can stay on the NHL roster, be placed on the taxi team, or sent to the American Hockey League, which is scheduled to begin its season on February 5.
A team of taxis will have 4 to 6 players to help resolve roster issues caused by the coronavirus issues. They will travel and train with NHL teams throughout the season, but will be treated as minor league players below the salary cap. Players who need a waiver to be assigned to AHL must obtain permission to be part of the taxi team. Claimants cannot immediately be assigned to the taxi team of the team that successfully filed the claim.
“As with every decision we make about how our team operates, we made this decision with the goal of increasing our chances of success,” said Lightning General Manager Julien BriseBois. “Part of the ingredients needed to be successful in the NHL is team depth. To have team depth, you need to properly manage your limit space. ”
Here are some other notable waiver transactions from Monday:
Loui Eriksson was one of six players excluded from the Canucks camp.
The forward, who has been with Vancouver since the start of the 2016-17 season, scored 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 49 regular season games last season. He didn’t score any points and had 16 shots in 10 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In 970 games with the Stars, Boston Bruins and Canucks, Eriksson has 593 points (250 goals, 343 assists).
Good that Mathieu Perreault was dropped by the Jets, coach Paul Maurice said he had to conform to the cap. If the attacker clears he should skate on the fourth row.
Perreault, who turned 33 on Jan. 5, is in the final season of a four-year, $ 16.5 million contract extension he signed with Winnipeg on July 7, 2016. He scored 324 points (130 goals, 194 assists) in 627 NHL games for the Washington Capitals, Ducks and Jets.
Columbus blue jackets
Nathan Gerbe was one of seven players excluded from the Blue Jackets camp.
The 33-year-old forward signed a two-year contract with Columbus on February 2, 2020. He scored 148 points (62 goals, 86 assists) in 426 NHL games for the Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo. Sabers.
NHL.com columnist Dave Stubbs and independent correspondent Corey Long contributed to this report