02/20 12:37 CST Washington Capitals put playoff hero Smith-Pelly on waivers
Washington Capitals put playoff hero Smith-Pelly on waivers
By STEPHEN WHYNO
AP Hockey Writer
The Washington Capitals have placed winger Devante Smith-Pelly on waivers ahead
of next week's NHL trade deadline.
Smith-Pelly was put on waivers Wednesday after winger Dmitrij Jaskin did not
practice in Toronto. Coach Todd Reirden told reporters the plan was to waive
Jaskin but the team changed course and put Smith-Pelly on waivers.
The 26-year-old Smith-Pelly scored seven goals in last year's playoffs to
become one of the Capitals' playoff heroes during their run to the Stanley Cup.
This season, Smith-Pelly hasn't scored a goal in 33 games, registered an assist
in 17 games and has just eight points in 54 games.
Also Wednesday, the San Jose Sharks claimed forward Micheal Haley off waivers
from the Florida Panthers. Haley recently played parts of three seasons with
The Philadelphia Flyers put Mike McKenna on waivers to clear a glut of
goaltenders. Philadelphia has three other goalies --- rookie starter Carter
Hart, recently acquired backup Cam Talbot and veteran Brian Elliott --- on its
Veteran goalie Michael Leighton, who helped the Flyers reach the 2010 Cup
Final, cleared waivers after signing for the rest of the season with the
Vancouver Canucks. Anaheim Ducks winger Patrick Eaves was also among those who
cleared waivers, and the Pittsburgh Penguins put forward Joseph Cramarossa on
waivers after signing him.
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