Waivers season has begun again. It is now possible to cut non-exempt players to the minors and, of course, to lose them on waivers.
Here’s the things you need to know:
All players enter the NHL exempt from waivers, with the rare exception of players signed like Harri Säteri up there who need entry waivers. Waivers exemption expires based on seasons and games played. The Maple Leafs have no players who are likely to be on the regular season roster who are exempt, barring some younger forwards who might stick around until the injuries clear up.
Waivers were announced at noon, and teams have 24 hrs to make a claim. Last season, at the request of the Seattle Kraken, the waivers time was moved to 2 pm, since noon in the east was 9 am in Seattle, and that wasn’t a very good time for having your roster needs figured out. It seems we are sticking with the new time.
These are the first waived players:
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Multiple claims for one player are decided by the priority order which is the reverse of the regular season standings. Until December 1, that is the prior season’s standings. Don’t confuse this with the draft order as influenced by the playoffs. It’s regular season only, so the priority for claims is:
- New Jersey
- San Jose
- NY Islanders
- Los Angeles
- St. Louis
- Tampa Bay
- NY Rangers
Every team looking to cut players to their AHL camp, should lake a look at Montréal’s injury list and ask themselves if they really want to cut that guy right now.
If a team claims a player, even in preseason, they must remain in the NHL. To be cut to the AHL on their new team, they require waivers. This is the reason why the overwhelming majority of players clear waivers.
Most players who are claimed, particularly early in the season, are goalies, and both Joseph Woll and Erik Källgren are exempt.