The Nashville Predators had an eventful Thursday, making numerous roster moves before their 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bridgestone Arena.
The Predators activated Tommy Novak from injured reserve, waived previous waiver pickup Liam Foudy, and sent forward Mark Jankowski back to the Milwaukee Admirals. I explained the technicalities on social media of why Foudy and Jankowski could be on divergent paths, despite both being waiver exempt.
Every team has reverse priority based on the standings via win percentage to claim Foudy. The Columbus Blue Jackets, the team the Predators claimed Foudy from, are third in waiver priority. If the Blue Jackets are the only team to claim Foudy, then they may immediately send him to the AHL without having to clear waivers again. If any other team claims him, or if an additional team places a claim in addition to Columbus, then waivers would need to be used again for the Blue Jackets to send him to the AHL.
As for Jankowski, he may be recalled again and avoid waivers the same way he did during his last recall. He currently has 25 days and seven games remaining under the provisions of Section 13.2(b) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement before being subject to waivers again (as a quick side note, Denis Gurianov would fall into this 13.2(b) categorization as well in the event the Predators’ front office wanted to recall him).
Foudy requires waivers here, while Jankowski does not despite neither being waiver exempt. 13.2b of the CBA permits players who have not been on the active roster for 30 cumulative days or played 10 games since last clearing. 17 has been on roster for 5 days and played 2 games. https://t.co/14MEuzZOBz— Clay Brewer (@ClayBrewer10) December 7, 2023
Patrick Kane made his 2023-24 debut on Thursday, but this time it wasn’t in a Chicago Blackhawks uniform or the odd New York Rangers’ blue that we tried to become accustomed to at the end of last season. The 35-year-old had hip resurfacing surgery last June but recently signed with the Detroit Red Wings. Because Detroit is now in the Eastern Conference, the team will only matchup with the Predators twice this season — Dec. 29 in Detroit and March 23 in Nashville.
Nashville Hockey Now
As Predators players begin to become healthy again, it’s good to revisit what injured reserve is and what went into Nashville’s moves from Thursday.
Tyson Barrie continues to be top of mind for Nashville fans and all interested front offices across the NHL who may be in need of an offensive defenseman. Who could be of those interested teams? He was a healthy scratch again last night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Central Division standings
- Colorado Avalanche — 16-8-2, 34 points
- Dallas Stars — 15-7-3, 33 points
- Winnipeg Jets — 15-8-2, 32 points
- Arizona Coyotes — 13-9-2, 28 points
- Nashville Predators — 14-12-0, 28 points
- St. Louis Blues — 13-11-1, 27 points
- Minnesota Wild — 9-10-4, 22 points
- Chicago Blackhawks — 8-16-1, 17 points
Around the NHL and National Hockey Now
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– TSN Analyst Rips Dubas, ‘Made Same Signifcant Error…as He Did in Toronto’ (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
– Comeback Sharks: Down 4-0, Tie It Twice, Granlund Wins It in OT (San Jose Hockey Now)
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