Kapanen On Waivers; ‘We Didn’t Find a Way To Maximize His Potential’

The Pittsburgh Penguins are placing inconsistent winger Kasperi Kapanen on waivers Friday afternoon, according to coach Mike Sullivan. Kapanen was held out of practice at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex for that reason.

Teams have until 2 p.m. Saturday to claim Kapanen, but his contract might make that unlikely. He is in the first season of a two-year deal worth $6.4 million — a contract after last season that raised some eyebrows.

If Kapanen clears, he could be sent to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. The Penguins would still have to pay his salary, but they would gain a roster spot and could have $1.125 million in salary cap relief rather than his $3.2 million hit.

The move comes a week before next Friday’s NHL trade deadline, and with the Penguins mired in a four-game losing streak — including a humbling 7-2 loss Thursday to Edmonton — that has left them on the outside looking in in the playoff race.

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