One of the much-derided moves that New York Islanders made over the summer is being placed on waivers. Tom Kuhnhackl has been waived.
Former Pittsburgh Penguin Tom Kuhnhackl was brought in during free agency on a single year $700,00 deal. The two time Stanley Cup winner added a long list of bottom six players that the Islanders were amassing.
Obviously, they couldn’t all make the Islanders 23-man active roster. Sure enough, Tom Kuhnhackl was made available to the other 30 NHL teams through the waiver wire.
Now, Who’s In?
Tom Kuhnhackl could be claimed by any other team in the NHL as he goes through the waiver process. But let’s be honest it’s hard to see a team taking him. He’s probably going to clear waivers and end up playing in the AHL this season.
It makes sense. Kuhnhackl offered little for the New York Islanders. If anything he just made it more crowded on the Isles bottom six.
Without Kuhnhackl on the team, the Islanders forward group is now at 15. With that 15, the two goalies in Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss as well as the seven defenders on deals, the Islanders are at 24 players.
And that doesn’t count Devon Toews or Dennis Seidenberg and Stephen Gionta. The latter two are with the team on a PTO.
The Islanders still need to make room to lower that count to 23 players come the start of the regular season.
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Now Kuhnhackl, assuming he isn’t picked up by any other NHL team, will ply his trade in the AHL. Which is perfectly fine for a player of his skillset. If and when injuries occur he’ll be one of the first names the Isles consider calling up to fill the temporarily voided spot on the team. Which is certainly going to annoy some.