The Devils announced today that they have placed defensemen Jay Leach and Rob Davison and center Tim Sestito on waiver.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said that if all three clear waivers, they will be assigned to the team's AHL affiliate in Lowell, Mass.
In addition, the Devils have placed left wing/center Patrik Elias and defenseman Mark Fraser on injured reserve.
Elias is recovering from groin surgery on Sept. 15. He has been working out, but has yet to begin skating. Lamoriello said that Elias will not be placed on long-term injured reserve.
Fraser suffered an apparent head injury in a fight with Philadelphia's Daniel Carcillo a week ago. Lamoriello would not answer directly when I asked if Fraser has a head injury.
"He was here this morning," Lamoriello said. "He's still going to be out for a little while, not long."
Lamoriello confirmed the team will have to make one more cut -- after Leach, Davison and Sestito are either claimed by another team or sent to Lowell -- to get down to 23 players.
Today's,moves indicate that both Andy Greene and Cory Murphy will make the team. The deletion of Leach and Davison, leaves the team with seven defensemen. When he is healthy enough, Fraser would have to clear waivers to be sent down, but the team cannot place him on waivers right now because he is injured.
Also, it locks up the fourth-line center job for Rod Pelley-- barring any acquisitions before the start of the season.
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If Leach clears waivers, he would have to clear re-entry waivers to be called back up, so this could mean the end of his Devils' career.
If Davison clears waivers and is sent to Lowell, he would not have to clear re-entry waivers to be called back up because he is on a two-way contract with an AHL salary of less than $105,000. Sestito also has a two-way contract with an AHL salary of less than $105,000, so he too would b
Assuming, Leach, Davison and Sestito will either be claimed or sent down, that would cut the training camp roster to 24: two goaltenders, seven defensemen and 15 forwards.
The last cut wiill be a forward. The choice seems to be from Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Illka Pikkarainen and Matt Halischuk.
Lamoriello confirmed that Pikkarainen and Leblond have to clear waivers to be sent down. Halischuk does not, making him the likeliest player to be cut.
Here's the roster with Leach, Davison and Sestito waived and Elias and Fraser on IR.
Goaltenders (2): Martin Brodeur, Yann Danis.
Defensemen (7): Colin White, Andy Greene, Paul Martin, Bryce Salvador, Mike Mottau, Cory Murphy, Johnny Oduya.
Left wings (6): Zach Parise, Brian Rolston. Brendan Shanahan (also plays RW), Jay Pandolfo, Andrew Peters. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (playing RW tonight).
Centers (4): Travis Zajac, Dainius Zubrus, Rob Niedermayer, Rod Pelley.
Right wings (5): Jamie Langenbrunner, David Clarkson, Niclas Bergfors, Ilkka Pikkarainen, Matt Halischuk.