Monday, December 03, 2018

Week Nine Waiver Draft (Dec 4)

The offer was dangled out there, teams had the ability to think it over just a little bit longer and I can confirm that there were a few teams going back and forth about making that last move, debating on whether or not they could get enough out of their replacement players or whether or not the injuries to their current players were as bad as they thought.  The end result, as the clock struck 5pm MT... one move made on the day and that was highlighted below.

Tony was very fortunate that the St. Louis Blues provided their injury assessment on a number of players, including his defenseman, Alex Pietrangelo.  The stud defender will now be on the shelf for the next four or more weeks, pending possible surgery on a hand injury, so Tony, desperately in need of points, opted to go with the best guy available to take his place, Islanders defender Scott Mayfield.

There are no guarantees in the pool, but heading into this week, Pietrangelo and Mayfield were even on points at 11 each, so the move, at face value, seems like a no-brainer.  Of course, if you were building a franchise, one of those names may appear in the conversation, but the other one surely wouldn't.

Two other teams inquired about a possible move, looking at the pending deadline and their injury situation, but I can say that neither team pulled the trigger on the drop/pick combo and as of puck drop in New Jersey between the Lightning and the Devils, our rosters for the second segment were set.

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