Steve Yzerman might just be the kind of guy to hold grudges. Remember back a few months when Ottawa claimed Gabriel Dumont after the Tampa Bay Lightning sent him down on waivers? And directly after that, when Yzerman claimed then-Senator Chris DiDomenico from Ottawa’s waivers, only to loan him to the Syracuse Crunch for a conditioning stint, and then lose him on waivers again to Ottawa?
Here is part four in the “this is not a grudge, really” game between GMs. According to Pierre LeBrun, Gabriel Dumont is back in blue and white after a short stay in the cold Toronto suburb.
Tampa Bay claims Gabriel Dumont off waivers from Ottawa— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 21, 2018
Welcome back to the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, Dumont!
Initially brought in to be a depth scorer for Ottawa, in 23 games with the Senators Dumont scored 1G/1A, and will likely be an excellent addition to the Crunch lineup for their push toward playoffs. In last season’s playoff run, Dumont wore the Crunch “A”, and scored 5G/6A for 11 points in 22 playoff games. In the words of Geo yesterday:
Dumont is in the first year of a two-year contract. The first season is a one-way contract for $650,000 where he makes the same salary in the NHL and AHL. Next season it changes to a two-way contract paying $650,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in the AHL with a guaranteed minimum of $300,000 for the year. Salary information courtesy of CapFriendly.com.
It was only a matter of time, and Yzerman is nothing if not patient. We expect the organization to immediately assign Dumont to the Syracuse Crunch.
Edit: As expected, Dumont has been reassigned to the Crunch along with Matthew Peca.
The @TBLightning have claimed forward Gabriel Dumont off waivers from Ottawa. He will report to the #SyrCrunch.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) February 21, 2018
Additionally, the Lightning have reassigned Matthew Peca to the Crunch.
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The Dumont situation is an example of the unique challenges of running an AHL team. NHL teams messing around with the bottom of their roster cost Syracuse a top line forward for like three months. Now they get back him back for free for the playoff push.— Replacement Level Analyst (@loserpoints) February 21, 2018