Earlier today Minnesota Wild insider Michael Russo reported that the team had placed 30-year-old veteran forward Christ Stewart on waivers.
Well… now it looks like Stewart has some company, as the Ottawa Senators have elected to waive veteran forward Alex Burrows and veteran blue liner Johnny Oduya, as well.
As Russo points out, the Wild have to unload some salary at some point if they plan to recall rookies Luke Kunin and sign NCAA superstar Jordan Greenway. Today’s move with Stewart either represents a salary dump to the AHL or Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher has some inside information regarding the waiver wire. By placing Stewart on waivers, where hopefully he’ll be claimed, the Wild can free up a contract spot for the addition of Greenway.
Stewart currently makes $1.5 million against that the NHL’s salary cap, which will be cleared once he’s either claimed or reports to the AHL for assignment.
The veteran forward is a former 28 goal scorer and 64 point producer, but has just nine goals and 13 points in 47 games with the Wild this season. The journeyman power forward has bounced around the NHL since bursting onto the scene in 2008-09. The Wild winger is a former member of the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks. This stint with the Wild, his second with the team, has lasted just a season and a half. What’s in store for his future remains to be seen…
As for Burrows, the former Vancouver Canucks legend has been dreadful since being acquired by the Sens at the deadline last year in exchange for top prospect Jonathan Dahlen. He has just three goals and eight points in 51 games with the Sens this season. He made headlines earlier this month when he was suspended 10 games for kneeing New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall.
Oduya, signed by the Sens in the offseason to be a replacement for the departed Marc Methot, has been just as bad as Burrows. The 36-year-old was scratched late last night before the Senators’ game against the Philadelphia Flyers and it was thought that he was being made available for a trade, but evidently whatever Sens GM Pierre Dorion had been working on has fallen apart.
On thing's for sure: the rebuild is ON in Ottawa. How long until other veterans are moved? First Dion Phaneuf, then Derick Brassard, now Burrows and Oduya. Who's next?