The Vancouver Canucks lost winger Aaron Volpatti on waivers to the Washington Capitals earlier this month, but he could be back in the Canucks organization soon.
Fans who are still fretting over the loss of Volpatti might be interested in knowing about Section 13.22 of the collective bargaining agreement:
When a Club claims a Player on Regular, Re-Entry or Unconditional Waivers, and, subsequently, in the same season it requests Waivers on the same Player and the original owning Club is the successful and only Club making a Waiver claim, then the original owning Club shall be entitled to Loan such Player to a club in another league within thirty days without further Waivers being asked; provided that such Player has not participated in ten or more NHL Games (cumulative) and remained on an NHL roster more than thirty days (cumulative) following such successful claim.
In other words, if the Capitals place Volpatti on waivers and the Canucks are successful in claiming him, they can re-assign him to the minors without needing to clear waivers again. The only scenario where Volpatti would need waivers again is if he plays more than ten games or remains on the roster for more than 30 days.
The Canucks would be able to immediately re-assign him to the Chicago Wolves and get him ice time as well as work on the penalty kill like they initially planned.
Capitals forward Brooks Laich, who has been out since the beginning of the season with a groin injury, joined his teammates for practice on Thursday and might be nearing a return to the Capitals lineup.
The Capitals would need to clear a roster spot to activate Laich off injured reserve and the easiest move would be to waive Volpatti, who has seen limited action with the team.
Volpatti has dressed in four out of a possible seven games with the capitals averaging 6:52 in ice time. On Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes, he had an assist and played 11:58—his second-highest ice time this season between the Canucks and Capitals.