I’ve been watching managers and general managers in different sports for decades. Certain facts are universal: Players inherited are valued differently than players procured by the new manager; no GM likes to lose a player he procured for nothing in return; if a manager liked a player two years ago, there’s a good chance he likes him now.
All of these things arrive at our doorstep today. The Vegas Golden Knights have placed Griffin Reinhart on waivers, and Edmonton has some depth issues on defense. Yohann Auvitu is the seventh man but has been used sparingly so far this year. Peter Chiarelli knows Reinhart, has a need and a waiver pickup by the Oilers is manageable. It would put the team at 50 contracts and require someone (likely Auvitu) to clear waivers. How does Todd McLellan feel about Reinhart? Maybe we find out tomorrow.
GM GM TROLLING CHIARELLI?
- Bob Stauffer: For those asking about Reinhart on waivers. Remember priority until November 1st is based on last season’s standings. Source
Hold the phone! This sounds like news! Edmonton is close to the basement in the overall standings. If Vegas had waited until October 31 to waive Reinhart, the Oilers would have had a good shot at picking him up on waivers! Now? Unlikely, although they may well put in a claim or make a trade. George McPhee trolling Peter Chiarelli? You make the call!
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
I think Griffin Reinhart gets claimed tomorrow morning. Reinhart is a famous prospect and NHL teams can’t resist redemption songs. It isn’t likely Edmonton wins a claim but GR may be headed to another big league city tomorrow at 10am Edmonton time. I’d love to know if Chiarelli makes a claim on him.