Surprising names hit waiver wire on eve of NHL trade deadline

March, 3, 2009

The waiver wire is always worth monitoring on the eve of the NHL trade deadline, and it didn't disappoint Tuesday.

Brendan Morrison, Miroslav Satan and Gary Roberts were among the veteran players put on 24-hour waivers. The question is, will they get claimed Wednesday?

The New York Rangers also waived Erik Reitz and Aaron Voros to make cap room for the arrival of Sean Avery.

Also waived: Peter Olvecky (Minnesota), Jon Sim (New York Islanders), Eric Perrin (Atlanta), Craig Adams (Chicago) and Brendan Bell (Ottawa).

The Senators also put goalie Martin Gerber on re-entry waivers again, hoping a team will claim him this time for half the salary left on a contract that expires June 30.

But Morrison, Satan and Roberts were the surprise names. Morrison, 33, is earning $2.75 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent July 1. The Ducks, a source told, haven't had "any interest" on Morrison but hope a team claims him so they can save some cap space.

Roberts, 42, hopes to get a chance at another playoff run. His cap number for this season is $2.42 million because of bonuses. He'll be an unrestricted free agent July 1. The Lightning have had trouble moving him, so this might be a way to get it done.

Satan, 34, has 17 goals in 64 games with the Penguins this season and just hasn't been a great fit. He's earning $3.5 million and will be a UFA July 1. It's a curious move for a Pens team trying to make the playoffs, but we suspect it's to hopefully clear cap space so the team can bring in another forward.

Sim, 31, had a three-assist night Monday against the Colorado Avalanche and was rewarded by being put on waivers by the Islanders. He has another year left on his deal at $1 million.

Perrin, 33, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in Tuesday's edition he would welcome a change of scenery. Well, there you go, big boy -- you're on waivers. He makes $750,000 this season in the last year of his deal.

The Calgary Flames, meanwhile, claimed defenseman Lawrence Nycholat off waivers from rival Vancouver on Tuesday.

And finally, Tom Preissing cleared waivers Tuesday and remained the property of the Los Angeles Kings. He's slated to earn $2.75 million next season and also in 2010-11.

Pierre LeBrun

ESPN Senior Writer



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