The Sportsnet crew just reported that the Montreal Canadiens have placed struggling winger Sergei Samsonov on waivers.
If they can stash Samsonov's $3.525-million salary in the AHL, Montreal will suddenly free up some cap space to bring in a player at the trade deadline. There's also the possibility a team will claim Samsonov, taking him off GM Bob Gainey's hands altogether, or that he may be placed on re-entry waivers under a scenario where Montreal will eat half of his remaining contract.
It's hard to believe just how far Samsonov has fallen from when he had back-to-back 29-goal, 70+ point seasons from 2000-02. He was a healthy scratch on Sunday, and is on pace for just 34 points this season.