The Calgary Flames added a bit of depth on the blueline, claiming defensemen Lawerence Nycholat off waivers from Vancouver Tuesday afternoon. The Canucks had put Nycholat on waivers Monday. The 6'0" 200lb, left handed Calgary native was glad to return to his hometown, but had expected to clear waivers and end up with the Manitoba Moose.
"It feels pretty good to be going back home...I hadn't heard anything. I was hoping to get picked up by another team but I really expected to be joining the Moose."
Darryl Sutter has done an excellent job with this acquisition, stating that he would have been willing to give up a draft pick for a depth defenseman of Nycholat's caliber. Nycholat has played 14 games for the Canucks this year, averaging over nine minutes a game and a +3 plus minus rating.
He has also played for the Rangers, Capitals, and Senators in the past years.
While Nycholat doesn't have the most impressive stats, he is an essentially free player that Sutter will look to use to fill in for injuries and under-performers. He will join the team in time for their seven game road trip and hopefully get enough playing time to build up some chemistry with the rest of the team.
This move came in the middle of a host of other deadline events including the re-signing of Niklas Backstrom to a four year deal by the Minnesota Wild, the New York Rangers claiming Sean Avery off re-entry waivers from the Dallas Stars, and a host of other players being put on waivers including Gary Roberts, Miroslav Satan, and Martin Gerber.
Nycholat was traded Wednesday to the Colorado Avalanche along with a prospect and a draft pick for D-man Jordan Leopold
(much of the information used for this story came from NHL.com)