Mark Alt


Waivers: Oduya to Flyers; No one claims Burrows


GMs are busy during these late dates in the trade deadline, and that goes beyond merely working the phones to try to get a good deal.

The waiver wire is another scene of noteworthy activity, even if sometimes the most interesting activities come in teams passing on claiming someone off of waivers. This is one of those cases. Let’s look at what happened:

  • The Senators placed Alex Burrows on waivers, but no dice. Burrows’ experience feels like a microcosm of the Sens: his situation is in question almost a year to the day after being traded to Ottawa in exchange for prospect Jonathan Dahlen. It was a controversial decision at the time, and the Senators doubled down by signing Burrows to a two-year, $5 million contract extension.

Whether he heads to the AHL or just hovers around in Ottawa, that $2.5M lingers in 2018-19. Not great for a team that’s pinching pennies.

  • A different Senators player did get claimed, as the Philadelphia Flyers grabbed aging defenseman Johnny Oduya. This gives a young group a veteran presence, even if Oduya’s on the decline. Meanwhile, the Flyers waived Mark Alt, who was summarily claimed by the Colorado Avalanche.

  • The Calgary Flames love their beefy players who can score at a modest clip. They paid big money for Troy Brouwer, only to see him go from a nice-enough scorer to a modest one. With some injury questions lingering in a few spots, the Flames claimed Chris Stewart from the Wild.

Bruce Boudreau is clearly still fond of Stewart.


Chances are, these players aren’t going to be huge difference-makers, but some might argue the same for a lot of players involved in today’s trades. At least in these cases, waiver claims only cost teams roster spots and cap space.

More: PHT’s 2018 Trade Deadline Tracker.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

PHT Morning Skate: Trade value of a first-round pick; What is goalie interference?

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at

• NHL goalies still can’t figure what is and what isn’t goalie interference. (Canadian Press)

• Sportsnet explored the value of a first-round pick at trade deadline. (Sportsnet)

• Avs GM Joe Sakic has ruined the trade market with his high demands for Matt Duchene, according to Mile High Hockey.

• Amanda Kessel is an elite hockey player that has had to overcome a lot in her young career. (ESPN)

• On Saturday night, Patrice Bergeron did an incredible job of shutting down Leafs forward Auston Matthews. (

Corey Crawford was back working out on the ice this weekend. He’s been out with vertigo-like symptoms. (Chicago Sun-Times)

• Flames Nation looks at how the Calgary Flames stack up against the other bubble teams in the West. (Flames Nation)

• The Nashville Predators finally have a healthy lineup, and it’s pretty clear that the group has an opportunity to be great. (Tennessean)

• Flyers defenseman Mark Alt could have played college football, but he decided to pursue a career in hockey instead. (NBC Sports Philly)

• Alexei Yashin will join CBC’s Olympic hockey coverage this year. (The Hockey News)

• The demolition of Joe Louis Arena needs to start very soon. (Detroit Free Press)

• Candian-Born South Korean goaltender Matt Dalton’s goalie mask has to be changed because it made too much of a political statement for the IOC. (Yonhap News )

• This 14-year-old Japanese phenom is hoping to carve out a career in the NHL. (New York Times)

• Islanders fans from Brooklyn want to make sure they’re not forgotten when the team moves into their new home. (Light House Hockey)

• Ron Duguay’s comments about women’s hockey don’t only hurt women’s hockey, it also hurts hockey in general. (Blue Shirt Banter)

• This young cancer patient and Nashville Predators fan has formed a special bond with Ryan Johansen. (Penalty Box Radio)

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.