October 9th update -
The Tampa Bay Lightning announced that Philippe Myers was placed on waivers on Sunday. However, it was not performance related, merely a way for the team to have a little more flexibility in regards to the salary cap.
Myers was brought in this summer as part of the Ryan McDonagh deal with the Nashville Predators and carries a $2.25 million cap hit this season. If he clears $1.125 million of that hit can come off of the books for cap reasons.
General Manager did confirm that the plans are for Myers to be on the roster on opening day. Cole Koepke will also be waived and then brought back in time for the game on Tuesday.
Other names that hit the waiver wire today (there were a lot):
As for yesterday’s waivers, one player was claimed. Calgary’s Juuso Valimaki was claimed by the Arizona Coyotes.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are sitting on a 22-player roster heading into the last weekend of preseason with only one game left to go before the regular season. The Bolts have the space to bring another player in from another team. The easiest way to do that is waivers.
Cole Koepke and Gabriel Fortier know they’re going to be on the roster for at least the first week of the season, and with them as the 20th and 21st players, along with Haydn Fleury on defense as the 22nd, there’s one coveted spot remaining on one of the league’s best teams.
Cole Koepke and Gabriel Fortier were both told to at least plan to be with @TBLightning through first weekend of season. “The goal is to stay here,” Fortier said. Still exciting moment for the prospects to start season with team, get that experience.— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithNHL) October 7, 2022
This post will be updated daily as players become available and clear/get claimed.
Everyone on waivers yesterday cleared— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 7, 2022
There are several interesting names on this waiver list today. Let’s talk about a couple of them.
A former first round pick, Kostin is a 6’4” left winger who scored nine points in 40 games for the St. Louis Blues last year. While he’s not likely to hit his offensive ceiling, he could be a good bet to place for the Lightning based on his frame and physicality.
Martinook has a motor, and is probably the best fit for the Lightning’s bottom six. He works hard, he plays fast, and he’s a positive force defensively. The hesitation here is that he’s had some head injuries in the past. He was the alternate captain on the Canes for the past three seasons and deserves to be in the NHL. Someone will claim him, there’s no hurt in the Lightning attempting for it to be there.
Janmark is an average third line forward that doesn’t bring much offensively, but can be supportive in the defensive zone. Plays in front of the net. I don’t think he’s a great fit for the Lightning but he could be for someone else.
This was a surprise to be sure, but the Devils seem to regret acquiring Johnsson. Despite the appearance, Johnsson was pushing the Devils to be better offensively when he was on the ice. I think he’s a good player, especially when he comes out of the top six and onto the third line. The question is the contract (1 x $3.4 million). The Lightning can fit it now, but it’ll be hard/impossible to get rid of when Anthony Cirelli comes back.
Everyone on the list yesterday cleared, so no Janmark, Johnsson, Martinook, or Kostin. The Canadiens (who are first on the waiver order) claimed a tall AHL defender Johnathan Kovacevic.
The waivers list today really looks like a who’s who of top AHL players. There’s a couple names that might be interesting.
A young defender who ran out of room on Calgary after they beefed up their back end. He makes $1.5 million and has 16 points in 82 career NHL games. I would be shocked if he goes unclaimed. Wouldn’t hurt for the Lightning to put a claim in.
Valimaki on waivers. Might be the end of his tenure in Calgary. Would be $425,000 cap hit on Calgary if he clears and goes to the AHL. https://t.co/paHcwMk4td— Salim Nadim Valji (@salimvalji) October 8, 2022
The 24-year-old on Toronto had good defensive numbers in New Jersey before being traded (for Andreas Johnsson funnily enough). He was a top player for the Marlies last year but was always going to be the odd man out on the Leafs depth up front. He’s the best option I can see as a two-way player to go on Nick Paul’s line.