With the NHL’s trade deadline approaching the Detroit Red Wings made a roster addition without giving a player up in claiming Dmytro Timashov via waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The move comes after the Red Wings claimed defenseman Cody Goloubef from Ottawa via waivers on Friday.
Timashov had reportedly requested a trade from Toronto, where he was averaging 8:06 of playing time per game.
In 39 games played with the Leafs, he had four goals and five assists for nine points with a 11.8% shooting percentage. He scored 49 points for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies last season.
The Detroit Red Wings acquired veteran defenseman Cody Goloubef from the Ottawa Senators via waivers on Friday.
The move allowed them to send blueliner Brian Lashoff, who had been called up on Thursday night after Filip Hronek was placed on injured reserve, back to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Given the Red Wings’ injury scenario this season, it’s unsurprising that the team would want to carry eight defensemen right now. With the trade deadline on Monday, I’m sure the team is hoping to have unloaded some of their defensemen for draft picks.
That said, this feels like the Eric Comrie trade to me. What good is your farm team if it can’t provide players for short-term injury relief?
I’m sure some would say that there’s value in keeping the Griffins’ lineup together, I just don’t buy it that much. But, unlike Comrie, Goloubef comes for free, so while I don’t see the need for the claim, I’m also not concerned about it.