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Sports Penguins waive forward Colton Sceviour, defenseman Juuso Riikola

21:25  10 april  2021
21:25  10 april  2021 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

Jets' Nathan Beaulieu out for season following shoulder surgery

  Jets' Nathan Beaulieu out for season following shoulder surgery Beaulieu was playing with the injury this season but hadn’t suited up since exiting a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in early March. In all, his year will end with 25 games played and just a single assist. Fortunately for the 28-year-old defenseman, his contract extends through next season so he won’t have to try and find work coming off a major injury. Though obviously losing Beaulieu isn’t ideal, being able to move his contract—which carries a $1.25M cap hit—to long-term injured reserve does give the Jets a little more flexibility at the upcoming trade deadline.

The Penguins are trying to give themselves a bit of roster flexibility heading into Monday’s trade deadline.  Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports that forward Colton Sceviour and defenseman Juuso Riikola have been placed on waivers.

Colton Sceviour et al. wearing costumes: Colton Sceviour (7) has been waived. © Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Colton Sceviour (7) has been waived.

Sceviour was acquired from Florida back in September as part of the Mike Matheson-Patric Hornqvist deal, but while he had been a capable secondary scorer during his time with the Panthers and Stars, that hasn’t materialized with the Pens.  Instead, the 31-year-old has just three goals and three assists in 31 games this season while averaging a career-low 9:30 per night of playing time.  This led to him clearing waivers back in early March, and he has played in 14 games since then, requiring him to pass through waivers before he can be loaned back to the taxi squad.  Sceviour is in the final year of his contract, which carries a $1.2M AAV, meaning all but $125K can be buried on the taxi squad.  He’s set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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  Anaheim Ducks demote rookie phenom Trevor Zegras to AHL No matter how it’s viewed, the Anaheim Ducks have made a unique move. The team has announced that rookie phenom Trevor Zegras has been re-assigned to the AHL. But there’s a catch; Zegras’ demotion is not being viewed as a punishment by the organization, but rather a reward. The team is actually so impressed with the 20-year-old forward’s development that they are shifting him from the wing to his natural center position and simply want to start him in that role with the San Diego Gulls before bringing him back to the NHL squad. The club’s press release stated as follows: © Gary A.

As for Riikola, the defenseman has had a limited role with the Pens since signing with them back in 2018.  While he played in at least 36 NHL games in each of his first two seasons in North America, he has been limited to just two this campaign.  Part of that is due to an upper-body injury that cost him 22 games, but as a result of the moves the Penguins made to add defensive depth when they were hit hard with injuries, he has yet to play since being cleared to return.  The 27-year-old has another year left on his deal after this one with a $1.15M AAV, and if a team is willing to absorb a low seven-figure cost next season to add some free defensive depth, there’s a chance he could be claimed.  If not, all but $75K of his cap hit can be wiped out by a taxi squad assignment.

Trade-deadline primer: St. Louis Blues

  Trade-deadline primer: St. Louis Blues Veteran defensemen are always in demand at this time of year, and while he’s not a rental, Robert Bortuzzo could generate some interest. He’s a third-pairing or seventh option at this stage of his career but he can still play with physicality and kill penalties, elements that are often coveted at this time of year. He has another year left at $1.375 million, a rate that isn’t all that high for someone in that role, but the Blues would ideally likely to fill that spot with someone making a bit less to try to give themselves some more cap flexibility for next year.Others to Watch For: Ivan Barbashev ($1.

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