The New York Rangers are cleaning house and not just on the trade market. After shipping off Michael Grabner to the New Jersey Devils in return for for a second round pick as well as Devils' prospect Igor Rykov, the Blue Shirts were active on the waiver wire on Saturday.
New York has placed forward Peter Holland on waivers today.
The Rangers had acquired Holland in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens earlier this season, sending Adam Cracknell back in the deal. Holland took part in 17 games with New York so far this year, recording a goal and four points.
Now, the Toronto Maple Leafs could take a look at Holland, seeing that general manager Lou Lamoriello is said to be scouring the market to add a boost at the middle of his fourth line. While talks have revealed that the Leafs were looking to Detroit Red Wings' Luke Glendening as an option, Holland would definitely be a way cheaper one.
Frank Seravalli on TSN was the first to report that the Maple Leafs have inquired about Glendening in Detroit. Though they are not the only club to have done so, as the Dallas Stars have also made the call, the link between Glendening and Babcock could give Toronto the edge.
However, one of the main problems with Glendening is that his term is three more years after this one on his contract. His annual cap hit seems somewhat affordable though, at $1.8 million. While Lamoriello could give a shot to a young player in the minors, as such Frederik Gauthier or Ben Smith, Holland could be the next best thing for Toronto.
Other waiver wire news...
25-year-old netminder Scott Wedgewood, who was placed on waivers Friday by his new team the Los Angeles Kings, seems to be on the move again. On Wednesday night, the Kings traded away goaltender Darcy Kuemper for winger Tobias Reider and Wedgewood.
Of course, Wedgewood's inclusion in the recent deal seemed merely a move designed to give the Kings someone, anyone, at the position to replace the departing Kuemper. Unlike Kuemper, Wedgewood has not had a good season recording a 3.45 goals against average and a .893 save percentage over 20 games with the Coyotes. To be fair to Wedgewood, he was trying to defend a cage with a team that has struggled loads this season...
The Kings decided to trust Jack Campbell as their backup goalie and on Saturday, Wedgewood cleared waivers.