I think it's safe to say that if David Dziurzynski had not been knocked out March 6 vs Toronto, Kaspars Daugavins would not have been waived yesterday. But instead we saw a reactionary trade for Matt Kassian, and a useful depth player waived and then claimed by a superior team.
AJ Jakubec suggested yesterday afternoon the waiving stemmed from a complaint about playing time:
Kaspars Daugavins wasn't happy as a healthy scratch and those sentiments were expressed to the Sens brass. He'll get plenty of ice in Bingo.— AJ Jakubec (@AJonSports) March 26, 2013
Prior to the Kassian trade, Daugavins played in 17/26 games, since the trade he'd played in 2/7.
Essentially Daugavins was being scratched for a guy who plays 5 minutes a night and seldom sees the ice in the third period.
Now Kaspars is not a noted scorer in the NHL, but he is a a great penalty killer (2:07 shorthanded TOI per game, only Condra among forwards is higher) and was performing well at even-strength as this player usage chart shows.no comments