The Ottawa Senators made yet another waiver move on Tuesday, after the wire was left empty on the previous day. The Sens have 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 wonder now 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.
Under the waiver rules, if no other team in the NHL claims Dumont, the Senators must offer Dumont back to the Lightning, who could then assign im directly to the American Hockey League and have him in the fold for forward depth when comes the postseason.
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, as expected, Dumont is not claimed by another team, the Syracuse Crunch would be able to land a great offensive boost from getting Dumont back. We’ll find out Wednesday shortly after noon if he has passed through waivers.
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.
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.
So maybe the Lighting is hoping of the same outcome with Dumont...
A defenseman also hits the waiver wire
The Washington Capitals also placed a player on waivers Tuesday, as defenseman Taylor Chorney hit the wire, a day after the Caps acquired defender Michal Kempny from the Chicago Blackhawks.
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 free up an extra roster space and clear $800,000 in salary cap space.