joe icepick wrote:So all the good teams pick up waiver players and stick them on the top six? No i'm not a troll. So you never had a first post?
No one is claiming this move is great. Heck, I'd be willing to be Shero looks at it as a longshot. That said, why not see what he can do on a two-week tryout while Niskanen is on IR. When Niskanen comes off IR, Boychuk either stays (forcing Tangradi out) or gets waived. This isn't a big deal.
Also, a few more things.
1. Shero's trade record has been rock solid. He landed Gill, Guerin, Hossa, Dupuis, Kunitz, Neal, Niskanen, and Vokoun through trades. His "busts" have been Ponikarovsky and Kovalev. The Staal trade is too early to grade.
2. There have been many legitimate NHL players (some stars, even) who have been placed on waivers, claimed, and placed in prominent roles. Marcus Naslund, Martin St. Louis (kind of...he was exposed in the expansion draft by Calgary, went undrafted, was bought out, then signed by Tampa Bay), Mark Recchi (exposed by Pens and went on to remain productive, even winning the Cup in Boston), Ilya Bryzgalov, Dick Tarnstrom, etc.