Note: everyone was so busy at noon waiting for Bob McKenzie to scoop them on the Carrick trade, no one ever confirmed that all waived players cleared today except Pontus Aberg. We’re just going to assume they have.
As part of their roster cuts heading towards opening night, the Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday waived five players: F Adam Cracknell, F Josh Jooris, F Chris Mueller, D Vincent LoVerde, and D Jordan Subban.
As expected, the five have cleared. Cracknell, Jooris, Mueller, and LoVerde are all 28 or older, and are expected to add veteran presence for a Marlies team that will surround them with up-and-comers like Jeremy Bracco and Timothy Liljegren. (Mueller and LoVerde did so very effectively last season en route to the Marlies’ Calder Cup win.) It’s not out of the question we’ll see Adam Cracknell up in the NHL in a pinch, but right now he looks to be a centreman for the AHL club, winged by key prospects Bracco and Carl Grundstrom.
Jordan Subban, on the other hand, is something of a reclamation project; he’s coming off a tough season in the AHL after which he was cut loose by the Los Angeles Kings organization. He still has some of the potential (and the famous name) that make him easy to dream on, but at 23, he really needs a good year to get back on track. He’ll have to find his way on a crowded Marlies blueline.
Tuned in tomorrow to see if today’s three two waived players clear.