Friday, February 27, 2009

Waiver Claims Out of Philly

With the impending return of Daniel Briere, which I have now read isn't going to happen tonight, the Flyers had to waive a couple of players to clear up some cap space. Well, those players were claimed on Friday and I thought I would wrap it up in one post. It's just easier that way, especially since they both don't figure into the pool as such.

The Canadiens decided to claim Glen Metropolit off the wire, likely to immediately take over the job that Steve Begin left behind (in the press box) as a depth forward on the roster. With the Flyers, Metropolit has 14 points in 55 games and still carries another year on his current contract, worth $1 million against the cap in 2010. The move does spark more curiosity of what the management team in Montreal is planning for the deadline, as they made cap room with Begin's trade to Dallas, but take up more of it with this acquisition. Are there more trades on the horizon?

In Vancouver, it was decided that they will take on Ossi Vaananen from the Flyers by claiming him on Friday. Vaananen is a future UFA in July and he has an annual cap hit of $1 million this season, which translates well in the big picture. Vaananen has 10 points in 46 games with the Flyers and will now push a bit more competition on the Canucks' back end.

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