There is some more action on Thursday as waivers come around, and while all three players that landed on the waiver wire on Wednesday cleared, there is one more player that has been made available on waivers today.
The Arizona Coyotes have decided to place young centre Laurent Dauphin on waivers today, just days after calling him up from the minors after a conditioning stint.
The 23-year-old forward was recalled on Monday from the Tucson Roadrunners after he was listed as day-to-day for a knee injury and went to the American Hockey League team for conditioning purposes. In his only appearance with Tucson, Dauphin scored a goal and recorded an assist in 6-4 victory over the San Diego Gulls in the team’s opening game of the season.
He has 34 appearances with the Coyotes over parts of three seasons including 24 games in 2016 when he scored two goals and an assist for 3 points. He averaged 10:47 minutes of ice time during his NHL appearances.
Before last night's 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks, the Coyotes had been looking for their first goal of the season as they went scoreless in their first two contests of the season. It seems like last night's lineup is the right approach for now and Dauphin is being placed on waivers in order to be brought back down to the Roadrunners.
However, some team looking for depth at centre, possibly the Boston Bruins or the San Jose Sharks might take a look at Dauphin and claim him before tomorrow afternoon. Dauphin is currently earning $787,500 in the one-year deal he signed with the Coyotes back in mid July of this summer. The Coyotes have also been struggling to restructure their lines with a void at centre as Alex Galchenyuk and Christian Dvorak are injured, however, maybe this means one is close to a return.
"It’s meant to get Dauphin playing. He missed the summer of training and skating with his (knee) injury," said general manager John Chayka of Dauphin being placed on waivers.
As for the three players who landed on the waiver wire yesterday, none were claimed. That means that both Derek Grant of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Matt Toarmina of the Calgary Flames will be re-assigned to their respective farm clubs, while Jan Kovar will have his contract with the New York Islanders terminated, as he was placed on unconditional waivers in order to forego his deal and move back to Europe.