We’re entering a new NHL season and there is lots of motion happening around rosters right now as they settle. As a result, we get lots of former Lightning players out on the free market. Yesterday Alex Volkov was placed on waivers by the Ducks, I guess he didn’t make the roster. Brett Connolly and Bokondji Imama both cleared waivers yesterday.
Placed on NHL waivers today: Alexander Volkov (ANA), Steven Fogarty (BOS), Aaron Dell (BUF), Jimmy Schuldt (BUF), Stefan Matteau (COL), Roland McKeown (COL), Kiefer Sherwood (COL), Dylan Sikura (COL), Michael Pezzetta (MTL), Andy Andreoff (NYI), Cole Bardeau (NYI) ...— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 6, 2021
Kole Lind (SEA), Max McCormick (SEA), Joey Anderson (TOR), Carl Dahlstrom (TOR), Brennan Menell (TOR), Brett Seney (TOR) and Jonah Gadjovich (VAN).— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 6, 2021
Every year there are some interesting names that come through the waiver wire and yesterday’s list had that for me. Syracuse Crunch fans will remember Jonah Gadjovich (VAN) as a player who impressed a lot whenever he was down with the team. I was always impressed with his quickness and his shot. I thought he was going to make the Canucks out of camp now that he’s waivers eligible. The fact that he didn’t is somewhat disappointing, but I would still entertain the idea of claiming him and seeing what he can do on the Lightning. It’s probably never going to happen but one can dream.
The Lightning were off yesterday after their barn burner of a game in Orlando (see yesterday’s LR), so here’s some news from around the league.
Jeff Halpern has this fun story about refusing to play with Alex Ovechkin.
The Jack Eichel Saga continues to be a saga as more medical information is changing hands and lobbying continues for a team (honestly anyone at this point) to put an offer together and for the Sabres to accept it. This whole thing has gotten too personal and I’m worried it’s not going to get better anytime soon.
Sources say the Eichel saga may be shifting. Ongoing discussions and additional access to Jack Eichel’s medical file has helped teams with trade interest clearly see his situation. Both sides are hopeful something can be worked out soon with one of the clubs in the mix.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 6, 2021
I recommend this article for some further reading in the situation.
2020 second overall pick Quinton Byfield has fractured his ankle and is expected to be out for some time. That’s a big blow to the LA Kings who were hoping to be competitive with him this season.
Byfield has a fractured ankle. Official word coming soon.— John Hoven | The Mayor (@mayorNHL) October 6, 2021
Quinton Byfield goes into the boards awkwardly and needs help off of the ice.— /Cam Robinson/ (@Hockey_Robinson) October 6, 2021
We hate it.pic.twitter.com/kESUS7wnZk
And update from that news yesterday, Nicolas Daigle and Massimo Siciliano have both been suspended from the QMJHL indefinitely.
La #lhjmq annonce finalement que Nicolas Daigle et Massimo Siciliano sont suspendus indéfiniment.— Matthew Vachon (@MatthewVachon_) October 6, 2021
Here’s a fun Patrik Laine highlight.
And lastly, the Leafs and our old friends the Raptors will be doing land acknowledgements as part of their pre-game ceremonies at home games. Land acknowledgements recognize the indigenous peoples who lived there before us and whose treaties allow us to prosper now.