The Detroit Red Wings lost defenseman Alexey Marchenko to the Toronto Maple Leafs via waivers on Saturday.
TOR claims Marchenko
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 4, 2017
Marchenko was waived to clear a roster spot for Brendan Smith, who is slated to return from injury tonight as the Red Wings visit the Nashville Predators.
Marchenko made the Red Wings’ roster out of camp last season, then went on to play for his native Russia at the World Championships last spring and the World Cup of Hockey. Despite that, he lost his roster spot to Nick Jensen this season and fell behind Ryan Sproul on the team’s depth chart.
I’m not surprised that Marchenko was claimed, given how many teams have been clamoring for right-handed shooting defensemen. I can’t help but think that this is yet another case of asset mis-management by the Red Wings’ brass.