Just when Chris Wagner started to feel comfortable — he was assigned his preferred No. 21 to start the year, and appeared in 15 of Anaheim’s 16 games — it happened.
“It,” of course, is being subjected to waivers, and on Monday the Ducks did exactly that with the 25-year-old forward, putting Wagner on the wire for the second time in 12 months (per TVA).
The club’s fifth-round pick in 2010, Wagner had two goals this season while averaging 10:43 TOI per night.
The writing may have been on the wall, though, when he was scratched from Anaheim’s ugly 5-0 loss to Nashville on Saturday.
More on Wagner’s back story, from the O.C. Register:
It took four years for Wagner to truly call Anaheim home.
There has been a move from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego and last season’s detour through Denver between the call-ups to Anaheim and the demotions. The 25-year-old grinder landed on the waiver wire twice – and was claimed both times.
“I guess last year leaves a bad taste in your mouth just because of how many times I changed spots,” Wagner said. “Yeah, I’m enjoying it for sure. But I can’t really be complacent, especially the way the league is now.”
As the Register alludes to, Wagner was waived by Anaheim last November and claimed by Colorado. He appeared in 26 games for the Avs before they waived him — and watched the Ducks re-claim the former Colgate standout.
Wagner then finished the year with the Ducks, and appeared in two games during their opening-round playoff loss to Nashville.
Anaheim’s bottom-six forward group has been in a state of flux this season. Wagner, Mason Raymond, Emerson Etem, Ondrej Kase, Nick Sorensen, Michael Sgarbossa and Joseph Cramarossa have all been used to varying degrees, while veteran enforcer Jared Boll has been a pretty consistent staple of the fourth line.