The Vancouver Canucks could be turning to the waiver wire for some depth on their 23-man roster.
It is expected there will be a flurry of waiver activity tomorrow as teams try to get down to a 23-man roster and be salary cap compliant for the start of the 2013-14 NHL season.
#NHL final rosters must be set at 5 p.m. Monday. Thus, waiver-eligible players must be on waivers by noon Sunday to clear in time.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) September 28, 2013
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis revealed in an interview with the Team 1040 on Thursday that they will have their eyes open.
“We’re watching with anticipation for what becomes available,” Gillis said (transcribed by Canucks Army). “And if there’s a guy there we like we’ll try to put a claim in for him.”
If a player or two are claimed off waivers by the Canucks, it could impact 2013 first round picks Hunter Shinkaruk and Bo Horvat‘s status with the team. None, one or both could be sent back to junior.
“I don’t know what the lineup’s going to be,” Canucks head coach John Tortorella told the media on Friday. “It depends on health. It depends on a lot of things. We’re still trying to make decisions there.”
Eleven players were placed on waivers on Saturday: defencemen Bruno Gervais, Cody Goloubef, and Tyson Strachan, forwards Luke Adam, Ryan Craig, Adam Hall, Chris Porter, Colton Sceviour, Jack Skille, and goaltenders Mike McKenna and Jeremy Smith.
Teams could be looking to make trades as well. The Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly trying to trade one of their defencemen so they can clear a roster spot to sign veteran Hal Gill.