According to a report from Minnesota Wild insider Michael Russo of The Athletic, the Wild have placed 30-year-old veteran forward Chris Stewart on waivers today this afternoon.
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.
The Wild are in the midst of a tight playoff race in the NHL"s Western Conference. Stewart's demotion will give Fletcher some significant breathing room to make changes ahead of tomorrow's NHL trade deadline.
Update: It’s official the Minnesota Wild have placed Stewart on waivers.
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…
In case you missed it, the Boston Bruins made a splash on the trade market earlier today, acquiring star forward Rick Nash from the New York Rangers.
The Rangers acquire Spooner, Matt Beleskey, prospect Ryan Lindgren a 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick in exchange for Nash.
The 33-year-old Nash was perhaps the biggest trade target on the NHL's open market and with him accepting a trade to the Bruins, it's expected that other trade deadline dominos will fall within the next 24 hours. How does his trade affect the market for other rental players like Vancouver Canucks forward Thomas Vanek or Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green?
While he's not the 40+ goal scorer that he used to be, Nash is still a very effective player. The veteran winger has 18 goals and 28 points in 60 games so far with the Rangers this season. While it's unlikely that he sees time with the Bruins' top line of Patrice Bergernon, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, Nash seems like a perfect fit to play alongside Bruins #2 center David Krejci.
It's believed, at this point, that both teams have retained salary in the deal, as well. Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman reports that the Rangers have retained 50% of Nash's salary, while the Bruins have retained 50% of Beleskey's salary.
Source: Michael Russo
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