Matthew Lombardi was hoping to return to the NHL after a strong season in Switzerland, but he might have to work his way up from the minors. The New York Rangers have placed him on waivers, according to Newsday.
Any team that claims Lombardi will have to inherit his two-year, $1.6 million contract. It’s a one-way deal, so he’ll be expensive by AHL standards if that’s where he ends up.
The 32-year-old’s comeback attempt hit a road block when he was forced to miss the start of training camp due to a groin injury. All the same, it’s telling that there’s not a place for the center on the Rangers’ opening game lineup even after Derek Stepan suffered a broken fibula.
The Rangers have also waived defensemen Michael Kostka and Steven Kampfer as well as goalie Cedric Desjardins. Those moves have set the stage for Matt Hunwick to enter the season as New York’s seventh blueliner.