The Philadelphia Flyers have been active today on the trade deadline, but not with by moving a player out of Philly. The team has instead looked to the waiver wire to land some help on the back end, claiming veteran defenseman Johnny Oduya from the Ottawa Senators.
According to CapFriendly, this means the team is going to be on the hook for as much as $1M in performance bonuses for the 36-year-old blueliner:
Many were expecting the Senators to move the defender before today's trade deadline, the veteran managed to change teams nonetheless. The Senators player was not the only one who hit the waiver wire on Sunday, as his teammate forward Alex Burrows was also placed on waivers. However, the veteran forward did not find any takers, and will end up in Ottawa.
Rumors have started circulating that the Senators might buy out Burrows' contract over the summer. So more to come when it comes to Burrows, there will be more to report.
Colorado Avalanche claims defenseman Mark Alt
The Colorado Avalanche has claimed 26-year-old defenseman Mark Alt on waivers.
In eight games with Philly this season, he wasn't able to record a single point.
Flames also land help via the waiver wire
According to a breaking news report from Minnesota Wild insider Mike Russo of the Star Tribune, the Calgary Flames have acquired National Hockey League enforcer Chris Stewart from the waiver process in exchange for absolutely nothing.
Stewart was of course a member of the Minnesota Wild for the past two seasons and the decision to place him on waivers came as a surprise to many considering the fact that he is one of the few players who fills his role on the Wild roster.
Stewart has been a gritty presence at forward on every roster he has been a part of during his National Hockey League career and has largely made his name off of being a particularly tough competitor to play against.
With that being said at 30-years of age and on a team that is hopeful it will compete in the Stanley Cup playoffs this season it's unclear how much of a role he will have on the Flames line up once he arrives in Calgary.
The Flames may believe that there is a role for him as a veteran enforcer that will protect players like Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan who have often been the target of aggression from rival teams, including an incident against the aforementioned Minnesota Wild that left Johnny Gaudreau with broken bones in his hand. Gaudreau was the victim of multiple slashes and at the time there wasn't really a player on the Flames who could properly answer the abuse he was suffering.
It will be a move to keep an eye on moving forward for the Flames.