The Arizona Coyotes set about filling some roster holes today, picking up San Jose forward Tye McGinn and Boston forward Craig Cunningham off waivers, per ESPN.
McGinn, 24, appeared in 33 games for the Sharks this year, scoring one goal and five points while averaging 10:20 TOI per night. The former Flyer, who was traded to San Jose last summer, had been out of the Sharks lineup quite a bit recently, but did draw back in for Saturday’s loss to Ottawa.
Cunningham, also 24, appeared in 32 games for the Bruins this year, scoring two goals and three points while averaging 10:07 TOI. Boston’s fourth-round pick (97th overall) in 2010, he’s spent the majority of his professional career in the American League, where he’s been a decent goalscorer with Providence (he has 15 points in 21 games this season).
It’s likely that both will get immediate looks in Arizona. The team has shipped out three veterans already — trading Antoine Vermette, Keith Yandle and Zbynek Michalek — and it’s possible GM Don Maloney could make more moves prior to today’s 3 p.m. deadline.
With the 2015 trade deadline rapidly approaching, it’s no surprise that NHL teams are using waivers to open up space (and occasionally grab low-risk players). Let’s take a quick look at recent announcements in that regard.
Claimed: The Toronto Maple Leafs claimed defenseman Tim Erixon (pictured) off of waivers. The Calgary Flames grabbed Dave Schlemko.
A little more on Erixon:
Here’s some added perspective on why the Flames made their move:
Cleared: Philadelphia Flyers goalie Rob Zepp, Washington Capitals tough guy Aaron Volpatti and Brandon McMillan of the Vancouver Canucks all cleared waivers.
Waived: Anaheim Ducks forward Rene Bourque headlines the latest batch of players who’ve been waived. Also on the list: Craig Cunningham (Boston Bruins), Keith Aulie (Edmonton Oilers), Paul Carey (Colorado Avalanche) and Tye McGinn (San Jose Sharks).
HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman lays out a few roster details after the trade deadline:
Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason left this afternoon’s game against the Boston Bruins with 12:53 remaining in the first period.
Mason made a routine save on Bruins’ forward Craig Cunningham and then collapsed favoring his right leg.
Update: The team is calling it a lower body injury.
Mason underwent an MRI for an undisclosed injury earlier in the week.
The 26-year-old is 8-12-6 this season with a 2.48 G.A.A. and a .919 save percentage.
Ray Emery has come on in relief of Mason.
Mason missed four games last month with a back injury.
Boston Bruins forward Craig Cunningham scored his first NHL goal Saturday afternoon against the Ottawa Senators.
The goal, which came shorthanded, opened the scoring for the Bruins.
The 24-year-old is playing in his seventh career NHL game.
Originally Boston’s fourth-round pick (97th overall) in 2010, Cunningham is playing his fifth game of the season today.
The Boston Bruins have recalled forward Craig Cunningham from the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins.
As CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty points out, Cunningham’s recall is likely insurance for David Krejci (lower body), who remains a question mark.
Simon Gagne is also unavailable Thursday when the Bruins play host to Chicago as he has taken a leave of absence to be with his ailing father.
Cunningham was recalled by the Bruins on Nov. 30, but did not appear in a game before being reassigned Dec. 3.
The 24-year-old appeared in three games with Boston to start the season averaging 11:26 in ice time.
Cunningham is pointless in five career NHL games with the Bruins.
In 21 AHL games this season, Cunningham has five goals and 15 assists.