drew miller on waivers at noon, ken holland confirms.#RedWings
— gregg krupa (@greggkrupa) January 22, 2017
My understanding of waivers was that the player had to have cleared before his roster spot opened up, so I’m a little confused here, but I could just be misunderstanding.
Either way, it’s not the move I expected or preferred, but it’s acceptable. I expected Ryan Sproul to get waived, as he’s the odd-defenseman-out. I would have liked Steve Ott to get waived, but he can’t be while he’s on injured reserve. It’ll be interesting to see if someone takes a flier on him or if he ends up in GR.
Per Winging it in Motown, a player can still be on the roster but not count towards the limit if they’re on waivers. This seems weird to me because there are cases where a player has played while on waivers. Maybe it’s a case-by-case basis or something.