On Monday morning, the San Jose Sharks put Lukas Kaspar on waivers with the purpose of reassigning him to their top development affiliate, the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League (AHL). However, the 23-year-old is eligible to be claimed by any NHL club before 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday.
For Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson, it was a tough decision to make with the former first round draft pick, but there are obviously reasons for the assignment.
“A couple of guys are coming back healthy,” said Wilson. “To get to the number we need to get to, we had to put Lukas on waivers. We will know tomorrow morning.”
Players like Douglas Murray
and Milan Michalek have missed games recently, but are now ready to go. Plus, the coaching staff has liked what they’ve seen in Brad Staubitz.
“Staubitz is in here and doing well,” said Wilson. “He and Plihal both went on waivers last year. Players get to a certain point where they are subject to waivers.”
Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan liked the variety from having different types of players available.
“We feel the pool of players we have can give us different looks night in and night out,” said McLellan. “What you can’t have is a 24-man roster. Lukas did a really good job. It’s not like he’ll never be here again (if he clears). He earned his keep here.”HEALTHY
Michalek left no doubt he would be ready on Wednesday in Philadelphia.
“We (Joe Pavelski
and Jonathan Cheechoo) were having a good start and I love playing with them,” said Michalek. “I’ll be ready Wednesday.”
Michalek is ready to watch Cheechoo light the lamp a bit more.
“I love to see him score,” said Michalek about Cheechoo’s emotional celebrations. “You just can’t be too close to him when he scores.”
Murray could be ready as well.
“It will be a decision that day,” said Murray.
Both skated with the team at Monday’s practice.
“Milan is better, Plihal is better, Murray is better and Mitchell has a broken leg,” deadpanned Todd McLellan about the injury update for the day.NEXT GAME
The Sharks will visit Philadelphia on Wednesday in a 4 p.m. start that will be available on CSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.