They did again. The Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning once again did a crazy transaction using waivers on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Sens placed veteran forward Gabriel Dumont on waivers, after they had claimed him from the Tampa Bay Lightning back in November.
Many experts and Ottawa insiders wondered if it's the chance for the Lightning to nab Dumont from the waivers, claim him and keep him in the fold as a depth forward for what many expect to be a long playoff run for the Bolts.
And that is exactly what has taken place.
There is definitely a weird history of waivers between the Senators and the Lightning this season. When Ottawa claimed Dumont, Bolts general manager Steve Yzerman went on to claim Chris DiDomenico whom the Sens waived after claiming Dumont. Then, DiDomenico was assigned to the Syracuse Crunch for three games on a conditioning assignment, before he placed back on waivers where Ottawa grab him back.
Dumont took part in 23 games for the Senators since being claimed around American Thanksgiving, and has tallied a goal and an assist for two points while playing an average of 8:38 a night. If the Bolts assign him to the AHL, the Syracuse Crunch would be able to land a great offensive boost from getting Dumont back.
According to CapFriendly, Dumont's two-year contract is broken down as such: 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.
Dumont is not the only one who hit waivers yesterday, and again, not the only one who was claimed. On Tuesday, the Washington Capitals placed a defenseman Taylor Chorney on waivers, a day after the Caps acquired defender Michal Kempny from the Chicago Blackhawks.
He was picked up by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old blue liner took part in 24 games this season, with the majority of his playing time coming when defenseman Matt Niskanen missed 14 games with a upper body injury at the start of the season. Chorney is often kept as inactive, representing the Caps' seventh defenseman.
By waiving Chorney, the Capitals freed up an extra roster space and clear $800,000 in salary cap space.
The Jackets are still looking to answer the demand of veteran defender Jack Johnson, who request a trade last month. With more depth on the back end, he could be on the move shortly.