NHL cut day: Peter Budaj, Colton Orr among the waived

(Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)
(Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

The 2014-15 NHL season starts on Wednesday, and teams have sliced and diced their training camp rosters in anticipation of it. That means some veteran names hit the waiver wire, and still others saw their training camp tryouts come to an end without a contract.

Among the waivered (via Renaud Lavoie):

Zac Delpe, Buffalo Sabres

Zach Boychuk, Carolina Hurricanes

Jerry D’Amigo, Columbus Blue Jackets

Ryan Hamilton, Edmonton Oilers

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Shane O’Brien, Florida Panthers

Adam Cracknell, Los Angeles Kings

Jeff Schultz, Los Angeles Kings

Cody Almond, Minnesota Wild

Stephane Veilleux, Minnesota Wild

Steve Bernier, New Jersey Devils

Peter Harrold, New Jersey Devils

Cam Janssen, New Jersey Devils

Chris Mueller, New York Rangers

Taylor Doherty, San Jose Sharks

Korbinian Holzer, Toronto Maple Leafs

Frazer McLaren, Toronto Maple Leafs

Colton Ott, Toronto Maple Leafs

Steven Olesky, Washington Capitals

Peter Budaj, Winnipeg Jets

Players released from their Professional Tryout Contracts included:

Francis Bouillon, Montreal Canadiens

Ilya Bryzgalov, Minnesota Wild


Chad LaRose, Carolina Hurricanes

A few notes:

* O’Brien was signed to a 1-year, 2-way deal with the Panthers before they dropped him on waivers to the AHL.

* The most bizarre move here is obviously Budaj, who the Jets just acquired from the Montreal Canadiens. They want him as an insurance policy for Michael Hutchinson, but have to put him through waivers to get there. Weird deal.

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*Thus ends the Colton Orr, cemented on the fourth line, Era for the Maple Leafs. GM Dave Nonis says he could return from the AHL, but Chris Stevenson wonders:


Orr, MacLaren waived, Westgarth, Bissonnette, Kassian released from PTOs … will 2014-15 in NHL go down as “Death of the Goon?” @TSN1200

— Chris Stevenson (@CJ_Stevenson) October 6, 2014

Maybe it’s just that Brian Burke only has so many roster spots to offer …