Colorado’s search for their last three defensemen got cut down by one today, as former Boston University blue liner David Warsofsky was placed on waivers Sunday at noon EST.
As reported by Pierre Lebrun, Warsofsky joins Mark Fayne (EDM), Jayson Megna (VAN), Dylan McIlrath (DET), Jack Campbell (LAK), Robin Kovacs (NYR), Jared Coreau (DET), Brian Lashoff (DET), Matt Lorito (DET), Ben Street (DET), Justin Auger (LAK), Max McCormick (OTT), Richard Bachman (VAN), and Michael Chaput (VAN) on the waiver list for the day.
The rest of the league will have the next 24 hours to place a claim for Warsofky or one of the other waiver-exposed players, which would effectively send him out of Colorado’s system for free.
In all likelihood, though, he will clear waivers, going unclaimed and becoming eligible for AHL reassignment at noon EST on Monday.
Drafted 95th overall by the St. Louis Blues in 2008, Warsofsky had an impressive three-year career at Boston University before going pro in 2011 by the Boston Bruins. Since then, he’s put up 39 NHL games between Boston, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the New Jersey Devils, recording two goals and six points in the process. While he’s been highly successful at the AHL level, his size has left him struggling to find a permanent role in the NHL over time.
This move makes the likely choices for the last three d-men spots on the team Chris Bigras, Anton Lindholm, and Andrei Mironov. Although there’s always still time for the Avalanche to bring someone in via a Matt Duchene trade, that’s looking less likely as the season grows closer.
The Avalanche open their season on October 5th.