The Montreal Canadiens placed forwards Corey Perry and Michael Frolik on waivers Monday, as they settled their opening night lineup prior to Wednesday’s puck drop.
89 players were placed on waivers Monday across the NHL, with teams having to finalize rosters ahead of Tuesday evening’s deadline.
The pandemic has made for some creative adjustments, including that of a taxi squad for each team. These groups of four to six players travel and practice with their clubs but are slated as minor leaguers under the cap, which means any player who has to clear waivers to be assigned to the American Hockey League will have to pass through waivers to make the taxi squad.
Any team claiming a player cannot immediately assign them to the taxi squad, either.
The Canadiens dumped eight players on waivers Sunday in hopes of clearing up necessary cap space, but only defenceman Noah Juulsen was claimed by Florida.
That made for bigger moves on Monday, which is why Perry and Frolik hit the wire.
Both signed one-year deals with Montreal to the tune of $750,000 in December, but now the Habs have to get under the $81.5 million salary cap and currently find themselves just a hair over the line.
“Obviously, we’ll have to start under the cap and by 5 o’clock tomorrow we’ll be under the cap,” Bergevin said Monday morning on TSN 690 Radio. “And after that we’ll just manage with our daily roster and see where we’re at as we move forward. Hopefully, injuries won’t be taking a factor too much and as the season progresses we’ll add more cap space and then hopefully sooner than later we’ll be in a good spot.”
35-year-old Perry was drafted 28th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. In 1,045 career games with the Ducks and Dallas Stars, he’s amassed 377 goals and a total of 797 points. In 145 playoff games, Perry has 98 points.
Frolik was selected 10th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. In 850 regular season games for the Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, and Buffalo Sabres, the 32-year-old has scored 159 goals for a total of 384 points. In 47 playoff games, he has 19 points.