These aren't the types of names we usually see floating around on the waiver wire..but with just over 25 hours to go before the trade deadline there they are....:
The first question on everyone's mind is would the Jackets claim any of these guys? The only player I think would be of any interest to them is Brendan Morrison.
Morrison, of course, was a target of the Jackets to fill a top 6 center position during free agency. The word on the street is he spurned their offer and chose to remain on the west coast and chose Anaheim. Hey its free agency and those thing happen... I'm sure there no hard feelings on either side.
Morrison hasn't had a good year as Duck as he's struggled to recover from a torn right ACL which suffered in March of last season. He's only tallied 10g, 12a for 22p in 61 games played.
The Jackets may be attracted for three reasons. 1. He's an experienced center 2. his contract will expire after this season and 3. the price to obtain him would only be salary. All very attractive to a guy like Howson and what he's trying to accomplish as the seconds tick down. This could be a low risk/high reward move Howson is willing to act on.
I find it very interesting that these teams could not make a deal for any of these players. I mean not even a late draft pick? It shows how closely teams are watching their cap/budget space in these times.
Make no mistake about it though -- these are cost cutting (Roberts/Morrison) and cap clearing (Satan/Voros) moves. All of these guys still have something to offer as NHL players but clearly teams feel the pros of waiving goodbye outweigh the cons.
If they pass through waivers they'll most likely get buried in the AHL for the remainder of the season.
Fire away - do you think Howson puts a claim in on any of these guys?