Sunday, October 29, 2017

Noon Player Notes in the Draft (Oct 29)

The Arizona Coyotes have been busy reworking their crease, looking for that elusive first win of the season. The Coyotes acquired goaltender Scott Wedgewood from the Devils, since they didn't want to lose him for nothing through waivers, and now it sounds like Antti Raanta is getting close to a return from his lower-body injury, so Louis Domingue has now been placed on waivers, likely to be demoted once he clears.  Domingue has been carrying the load with goalie Adin Hill of late, neither could find that win, so now more options are being explored.

Stuart is certainly hoping that Domingue gets picked up somewhere, as the goalie shuffle has worked pretty well in the pool already this season.  It'll be interesting to see what team would take a flyer on Domingue, if any do.  He certainly comes at the right price, $1.05 million.

You can certainly count me among those who were really excited to see Vadim Shipachyov join the NHL, especially since the stories from the KHL were so grand. His NHL story is not one of much luck, as his contract status and his NHL club winning without him have kept him from a regular shift in North America's best hockey league and it has really soured his experience. Shipachyov has reportedly left the Golden Knights' AHL affiliate, not willing to play in the minors and now he has been suspended by the Golden Knights and it is a real stalemate.  It sounds like trade options have been explored, but no one can fit $4.5 million very easily and taking a flyer on a 2-year deal at that size is even harder.  This could result in a mutual contract termination soon, if it doesn't go anywhere soon.

Stacey M. decided to take a flyer on the Russian veteran and it hasn't been paying off yet.  She took him in the 9th round of the draft and the lack of offense from that spot has limited her team to only 11th place in the standings, after Saturday night.  If this doesn't find a way to ice-time soon, Shipachyov is going to go the way of the Waiver Draft.

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