Nobody wanted Tim Connolly for free. Perhaps they’re hoping to get him at a discount?
Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Connolly has cleared waivers.
It’s possible the Maple Leafs will try to trade the 31-year-old center while offering to retain part of his salary and cap hit (up to 50 percent, per the new CBA) as an inducement.
For now though, Connolly will report to the AHL Marlies.
Connolly had a disappointing 36 points in 70 games last season; however, he didn’t get near the amount of power-play time in Toronto as he did in Buffalo, where he put up 65 points for the Sabres in 2009-10.
Connolly is in the final year of his contract, with a salary of $4 million and cap hit of $4.75 million.
In other Leafs news, 18-year-old defenseman Morgan Rielly, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft, has been sent back to WHL Moose Jaw.
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Carey Price has a sore groin, but he insists that it’s “just a real minor thing” and he’ll be available on Saturday. (Calgary Sun)
Speaking of groin problems, Todd Bertuzzi couldn’t finish the Detroit Red Wings’ Thursday evening skate for similar reasons. (Detroit Free Press)
Even after they failed to lure Zach Parise to Pittsburgh over the summer, the Penguins have reasons to feel good about Sidney Crosby’s wingers. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Daniel Carcillo has been practicing on a line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa in the Chicago Blackhawks’ training camp. (CSN Chicago)
Eric and Jordan Staal have always been competitive with each other, but on Saturday they’ll begin their first NHL campaign together. (News & Observer)
The Ottawa Senators left for their season opener in Winnipeg with three goaltenders. Senators coach Paul MacLean said, “Right now, between the three of them, it’s hard to say which one is the best.” (Ottawa Sun)
Stars owner Tom Gaglardi couldn’t be happier to have Mike Modano join his franchise as an Executive Advisor and Alternate Governor. (Dallas News)
After trading Matthew Lombardi and waiving Tim Connolly, the Toronto Maple Leafs have handed Nazem Kadri a golden opportunity. (Toronto Sun)
It’s possible, if not likely, Tim Connolly has worn a Maple Leafs uniform for the last time. The 31-year-old wasn’t at Toronto practice this morning and it’s expected he’ll be placed on waivers.
Connolly, a center, is in the final year of his contract, with a salary of $4 million and cap hit of $4.75 million.
If he isn’t claimed for free, the Leafs could try to trade him while offering to retain part of his salary (up to 50 percent, per the new CBA) as an inducement.
Connolly had a disappointing 36 points in 70 games last season; however, he didn’t get near the amount of power-play time as he received in 2009-10 when he put up 65 points for the Sabres.
The Leafs cut ties with another veteran center yesterday when they traded Matthew Lombardi to Phoenix.
If Connolly departs as well, young forwards Nazem Kadri, 22, and Matt Frattin, 25, could find permanent spots with the big club.
For what it’s worth, the Vancouver Canucks are believed to have requested Kadri as part of a proposed trade for goalie Roberto Luongo.