Tim Wallace is on his way to the Swedish Hockey League.
Wallace, who spent last season with the Carolina Hurricanes, has signed with SHL outfit Orebro, the club announced on Tuesday.
After a standout career at Notre Dame, Wallace caught on with the Pens organization in 2006 and made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh during the 2008-09 season.
From there, he moved to the Islanders, then the Lightning, before signing a one-year, $700,000 deal with the ‘Canes last summer.
Wallace, 29, had his best stretch with the Bolts in 2011-12. After being picked up off waivers in February, he racked up 3G-5A-8-PTS in 18 games, emerging as a nice bottom-six contributor down the stretch.
That said, he never really found a fit in Carolina last season, appearing in 28 games while recording just two points.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
While Nail Yakupov works on his defensive game, he’s not too worried about how many points he has, although he’s still trying to score every game. (Edmonton Sun)
Mathieu Perreault needed stitches after Islanders forward Kyle Okposo’s stick broke his visor, plus other Washington Capitals’ notes. (CSN Washington)
Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis doesn’t “have anything even interesting on the go” as far as the trade market is concerned. However, he suspects that will change by the April 3 deadline. (Toronto Sun)
A team-by-team breakdown of who’s a buyer and who’s selling. (USA Today)
Carolina Hurricanes forward Tim Wallace cleared waivers yesterday and was sent to AHL Charlotte. (Hurricanes.nhl.com)
What should the Ottawa Senators do by the trade deadline? (Ottawa Sun)
Recently acquired Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Douglas Murray talks about his entrepreneurial pursuits and what kind of player he hopes to be with the Penguins. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Even at 40, goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin is still excelling. (Edmonton Sun)
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The Carolina Hurricanes got some good news. 30-year-old forward Chad Larose is ready to return from a concussion and Carolina has activated him from the injured reserve list.
At the same time, they announced that 28-year-old forward Tim Wallace and, surprisingly enough, Jussi Jokinen have been placed on waivers.
Going into this season, Jokinen had been on the decline with 65, 52, and 46 points in each of his previous three seasons.
With the additions of Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin, Jokinen has also saw his playing time dip in 2013. The rise of Riley Nash has further marginalized Jokinen, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.
Jokinen has five goals and 10 points in 30 games this season, so a change of scenery might be right for him, but the big factor is his $3 million annual salary through the 2013-14 campaign.
That’s not a terrible price for the 29-year-old forward if he’s able to bounce back, but Carolina has put itself into a tight spot cap-wise after inking Semin to a five-year, $35 million extension. The Hurricanes don’t have any intention of sending Jokinen to the minors and are likely hoping that someone will relieve them of his cap hit.
Sportsnet’s Johnston reports that there has been interest in Jokinen, so it certainly wouldn’t be surprising if he’s wearing a different uniform soon.
In other news, the Ottawa Senators have waived 24-year-old forward Kaspars Daugavins, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.