TORONTO — The NHL's preseason waiver period has opened and the Sabres have put Matt Moulson on waivers in likely anticipation of once again loaning him to the AHL's Ontario Reign if he clears.
You may have forgotten that Moulson, 34, is still Sabres property but he is in the final year of his contract with a $5 million cap hit. The Sabres would again be on the hook for $3.975 million as they were last season if he goes unclaimed and returns to the Los Angeles Kings' affiliate.
Moulson, who spent the first three years of his career in the Kings organization, was waived last year after not collecting a point in 14 games with the Sabres. After going unclaimed, Buffalo loaned him to Ontario and he was a big contributor with 18 goals and 28 assists in 49 games.
The Sabres would certainly like to see Moulson get claimed by a team looking for NHL depth or some decent numbers at the AHL level, although that would seem unlikely. After signing Sam Reinhart on Wednesday, the Sabres have just over $2.8 million in cap space — and could be on the hook for performance bonuses that could be earned this year by Rasmus Dahlin and Casey Mittelstadt as part of their entry-level contracts.
With forward Sam Reinhart signed to a $3.65M AAV, two-year contract by the Buffalo #Sabres, we now show the club with $2.8M in projected cap hit with a prospective roster of 23 (14F - 7D - 2G)https://t.co/H5mJ7YSKPq pic.twitter.com/dxQepknc7R
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Several former Sabres also hit the waiver wire Friday. The list includes T.J. Brennan and Phil Varone (Philadelphia) and the St. Louis trio of Jordan Nolan, Brian Flynn and Chris Butler.
Nolan, son of former Sabres coach Ted Nolan, had four goals and four assists in 69 games for Buffalo last season.