Most players put on waivers aren’t claimed. They almost always clear and go back to their next lower level of competition. So, for Avs fans freaking out that A.J. Greer, Kevin Connauton and T.J. Tynan were all put on waivers by the Avalanche today, don’t. Chances are, they aren’t going anywhere.
But they might. We’ll know Monday morning.
There is room for speculation as to why at least a couple of them were put on waivers, however.
It’s becoming clear that A.J. Greer’s association with the Avalanche is hanging by a thread. He still has some legal stuff hanging over his head, plus his training camp/exhibition game performance didn’t seem to bowl over Jared Bednar.
If another team claims Greer in the next 24 hours, he’s gone. Same with Connauton and Tynan.
Connauton, of course, was acquired from Arizona over the summer as defensive depth help. I have ALWAYS had trouble understanding all the nuances of waivers, so it’s possible that Connauton is too much of a veteran to just send to the Eagles without anyone having a crack at him. Every time I try to understand waivers, all I do is get more confused.
What we know is this: Greer, Connauton and Tynan are all available to take by any of the other 30 NHL teams. All they have to do is take on their current contract.
I really, really liked Tynan’s game, from what I saw in camp. He’s super fast. But he’s small and it was always going to be tough for guy on a two-way deal to make the club as a forward.
Greer, though: Maybe a change of scenery is what’s needed. I truly have liked my interactions with the kid. I think he’s a cerebral guy who really wants to succeed. I also think he has had a rough upbringing in some ways, and that can manifest itself in other ways.
Connauton? I doubt he’s going to be claimed. He’s battled a broken eyesocket all camp, but has played in preseason games. He’s a big, stay-at-home guy.
Maybe this is a potential move to keep Conor Timmins on the roster? Could be. We’ll find out more tomorrow probably.
Regardless, happy Rants-is-back-baby-happy-Sunday everyone.
Speaking of Rants:
- He will not be at Monday’s Avs practice. I’m told he is still dealing with immigration stuff.