Waiver Wire Players (Updated)

Miro Satan

All sorts of players have hit the waiver wire this morning, including some high profile types. Let’s go through the list (as per TSN).

Miroslav Satan

Contract: $3.5 million for this season, pending UFA
Current Season Stats: 64GP – 17G – 19A – 36PTS, +3
Advanced Stats: QC-5th, QT-8th, Corsi/60-6th, PTS/60- 1.74

This is a little bizarre, and given that Satan’s contract is expiring I imagine that he’ll be claimed (possibly even by the Oilers). He’s fallen a long ways from his pre-lockout heyday, but he’s still been a decent scorer in Pittsburgh this season, and he isn’t getting lit up against top opponents. The only way I can see this deal making sense for Pittsburgh is if they have an impact player coming in and need to clear salary.

UPDATED: According to Matheson, the Oilers have no interest in Miroslav Satan.  Matheson says it’s unlikely that any team is willing to pay him the 900K remaining on his contract given his meager 17 goal output this season.  Matheson’s obviously very connected, so there’s little doubt that he’s right about the Oilers, but I think there must be a team with interest – after all, Bill Guerin has teams chasing him despite his very similar production.

Brendan Morrison

Contract: $2.75 million for this season, pending UFA
Current Season Stats: 61GP – 10G – 12A – 22PTS, EV
Advanced Stats: QC-10th, QT-7th, Corsi/60-7th, PTS/60- 1.37

It’s been an awful season for Morrison. He’s hovered between 50 and 70 points since 2000, and he’s dropped off the face of the Earth offensively this season. His even-strength production is only down a middle, but Morrison’s powerplay production (he was once a specialist with the man advantage) has disappeared this year. I don’t think it’s farfetched that he could rebound, and he may be of use to a team that misses out on their desired target at the deadline. Presumably the Ducks are clearing cap space for a trade.

Gary Roberts

Contract: $2.4 million for this season, pending UFA
Current Season Stats: 30GP – 4G – 3A – 7PTS, -11
Advanced Stats: QC-10th, QT-13th, Corsi/60-13th, PTS/60- 0.63

I could see Roberts being of interest to a team looking for some veteran savvy, but the fact of the matter is that he’s had a miserable season. He’s been a 4th-liner and he’s getting heavily outscored; there were rumours that the Flames might like to see him join them for a playoff run. Still, I’d imagine whoever picks him up will want to send some salary the other way.

Other players on waivers include Martin Gerber, Aaron Voros, Erik Reitz, Brendan Bell, Eric Perrin, Craig Adams, and Jon Sim. Beyond Voros, I have trouble seeing any of those players being of much interest.

  • Hippy

    Jason Gregor wrote:

    Maybe the Oilers are shopping Nilsson, like the Islanders Guerin and are sitting him out. Antropov and Moore are sitting for Toronto.

    Who knows, but at least that would make sense why he is out and Pouliot is in.

    The flip side of that is the Oilers and MacT's job more specifically are under all sorts of pressure to make the playoffs and can't afford to give away two points.

    Based on that, there is no way I can see MacT not icing what he thinks is the best possible line up for the night…but that is just me.

  • Hippy

    If they're not shopping Nilsson then it sure says a lot of what the Oilers think of him when he gets scratched for two huge games against teams you're fighting for the playoffs.
    When Pouliot is your pick over Nilsson something stinks.

  • Hippy

    MacT wants to save his job, Katz wants his team to make the playoffs and Tambo would like to go to a team where he's not part of a puppet regime.

    So, yeah, hard to believe you're not icing your best with just 20 games remaining Unless something's afoot.

    So, gregor could be on that 12's on his way out.

    Hopefully, it's for a two-way D that's affordable next year and can replace 24; who should be moved this summer.

  • Hippy

    Rick wrote:

    there is no way I can see MacT not icing what he thinks is the best possible line up for the night

    What if the one questionable guy you ice tonight ensures that you can ice a much better guy for the next 20 games and the postseason?

    If Nilsson is trade bait for someone good, no way do they jeoprodize that by putting him at risk tonight.

  • Hippy

    @ willy fisterbotom:

    Im hearing Gagner, Penner, and 2 7th round draft pics for Vincent Lecavillier too! Maybe we have the same source from ward 14 at Alberta Hospital?

  • Hippy

    Ender the Dragon wrote:

    What if the one questionable guy you ice tonight ensures that you can ice a much better guy for the next 20 games and the postseason?
    If Nilsson is trade bait for someone good, no way do they jeoprodize that by putting him at risk tonight.

    How good of a player can you really expect back if Nilsson is the key piece of the puzzle that you need to protect? Further to that, what player from another team is being sat tonight that represents such a great improvement? Surely any deal wouldn't hinge on the Oilers resting a player and the other team not resting theirs. Between the games tonight and the game last night that's 26 teams, odds are any deal on the table includes a team that is icing a team tonight or iced one last night.

    Either way I see disappointment coming down the road. Either MacT has had the cheese slip off his cracker and he truly thinks they have a better offence with Nilsson riding the pine and chicken man in the line up or the biggest trade the Oilers have line up includes Nilsson as the center piece to the deal.

    Either way….oh joy.

  • Hippy

    Dennis wrote:

    I think 12’s done enough that he shouldn’t be taking the HS for the second game in a row; I also thought that 78 shouldn’t have take the pipe for four games in a row, either.
    The benching seemed to have worked because 78 was busting his ass on Sat night but for my money you’d see 22 sitting and 12 back with 89-26.
    27-10-83
    12-89-26
    85-13-34
    78-51-46
    I like JFJ but he’ll never have a spot here until we move out some deadwood and/or guys like 78 prove they can be top niners.
    Which is unlikely to happen.
    Those lines look unbalanced but 13 has a long way to go before he proves he’s a pivot. The best move – failing getting a vet pivot which the Oil didn’t seem to consider – would’ve been to play 51-78 down the middle in the last two spots and let them play there until they proved they couldn’t handle it.
    I’m a MacT guy but 78 plays centre his whole career and plays a tough min role with 19-34 for ~25 games but then all of a sudden he’s not a defensive line guy and he can’t play centre.
    Whatever.
    But, ****, let’s allow 13 to lose 50 draws a game!:)
    The point is that we’re unbalanced and 13 isn’t a centre.

    Why not make lines 3 &4:

    3: 51-13-34 (Brodziak takes draws, cogs plays centre otherwise)

    4:85-78-46

    Brodziak could use some better line mates and line 3 could win some more draws, line 4 doesn't lose a whole lot.