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Sport Kings' Christian Wolanin to be Group VI unrestricted free agent

08:55  29 april  2021
08:55  29 april  2021 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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The same can’t be said about Wolanin , who will become a Group VI unrestricted free agent should he fail to play in another 13 games this season. Technically, given the Kings have played just 32 so far this year, Wolanin could get to that mark should he quickly clear COVID protocols, but it March 25: The Ottawa Senators have placed Christian Wolanin on waivers today, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. The team recalled Braydon Coburn from the taxi squad earlier today, suggesting he’ll be in the lineup against the Maple Leafs tonight. Wolanin , 26, made the Senators roster immediately after

When the Los Angeles Kings acquired 26-year-old defenseman Christian Wolanin from the Ottawa Senators on March 29, they had a chance to make the deal last beyond just this season. Playing on an expiring contract this season, Wolanin appeared likely to be a restricted free agent this summer. However, there was a chance that he could instead qualify for Group VI unrestricted free agency, a status reserved for players 25 and older with three or more professional seasons but with fewer than 80 NHL games played. Yet, due to the shortened 2020-21 season, that games-played total was actually reduced to 71 total games played for Wolanin, making it even less likely that he would end up as a Group VI UFA. He entered the season with 43 games played, and as a starting defenseman for Ottawa, it seemed fairly obvious that he would play the necessary 28 games if he stayed healthy.

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The Kings have acquired defenseman Christian Wolanin from the Ottawa Senators, in exchange for forward Michael Amadio. Wolanin will report to the AHL’s Ontario Reign. Wolanin , 26, has 58 games of total NHL experience, all with the Senators organization. The 6 -2 blueliner has tallied 18 points (5-13-18) As Ian Mendes of The Athletic reported, Wolanin is currently in a position to be either a restricted or unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, depending on how many NHL games he plays between now and then. The newest member of the Kings organization cleared waivers on Friday and

Christian Wolanin (born March 17, 1995) is a Canadian-born American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Wolanin was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the fourth round, 107th overall, in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

a hockey game in the snow: Christian Wolanin will qualify for Group VI unrestricted free agency. © Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports Christian Wolanin will qualify for Group VI unrestricted free agency.

The first sign that Wolanin may fall short of the games-played requirement for further team control came during a streak of 10 games earlier this season when Wolanin was benched by the Senators. With the likes of Mike Reilly and Artem Zub establishing themselves as blue-line fixtures for Ottawa early on, Wolanin slid out of the top four and then out of the lineup entirely. Perhaps sensing that he would not become an RFA if he stayed in Ottawa all season, the team first waived Wolanin and then began floating his name to other teams who might have more interest in playing him. Still, by the time he was dealt in late March, Wolanin had played in a few more games for the Senators following his benching and remained just 13 games shy of the games-played mark with more than a month left in the season.

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Gusev is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and the team has several top forward prospects pushing for roster spots. One of them, the recently-signed Tyce Thompson, joined practice today for the first time. The same can’t be said about Wolanin , who will become a Group VI unrestricted free agent should he fail to play in another 13 games this season. Technically, given the Kings have played just 32 so far this year, Wolanin could get to that mark should he quickly clear COVID protocols, but it seems unlikely.

Wolanin , 24, was an exciting player for the Senators coming into camp, ready to make an impact on the blueline after playing in 30 games for the team last season. The former University of North Dakota standout had 12 points in those 30 games but was a force for the Belleville Senators in the AHL. Luckily for the Senators he is under contract for another season after 2019-20, or he likely would qualify for Group VI unrestricted free agency next summer. Wolanin has just 40 games under his belt so far and will turn 25 in March.

Wednesday night, the night of April 28, marks nearly a month since Wolanin landed with the Kings in a deal for forward Michael Amadio. In that time, Wolanin has played in just three games for Los Angeles. More importantly, Wednesday night’s matchup between L.A. and the Anaheim Ducks also marks 10 games left in the regular season for the Kings. In order to retain control over Wolanin beyond this season as an RFA rather than allow him to walk as a Group VI UFA, the defenseman needed to be in the lineup Wednesday night and for each of the team’s remaining games. Wouldn’t you know it, the Kings dressed seven defensemen — none of them named Christian Wolanin. The 26-year-old will hit the open market this summer, despite all expectations to the contrary entering the season.

It seems that the Kings, like the Senators, are not all that bothered by losing Wolanin. L.A. is technically still in the playoff mix in the West Division, but they are well outside the picture. They would not have been making much of a sacrifice by playing Wolanin over another defenseman, just as the bottom-dwelling Senators might have done. In that same vein, this result also serves to benefit the man himself. Having spent time on two teams that did not value his contributions, he can now seek a superior fit for next season. Sure, Wolanin is unlikely to get the $1M qualifying offer that he would have been owed if either Ottawa or L.A. had wanted to keep him for one last year, but this way he can move on with the next stage of his career and have some control over what happens next. The former North Dakota standout still has some upside to his game and just needs to find a team willing to give him a chance.

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