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Griffin Reinhart would clear NHL waivers, league insider predicts

Edmonton Journal logo Edmonton Journal 2017-10-12 David Staples, Edmonton Journal
040316-EDM-OILERS-FLAMES-0403_sports_oilflames2-W.jpg: Griffin Reinhart (right) © Ian Kucerak Griffin Reinhart (right)

This in from NHL insider John Shannon of Sportsnet, his valuation of Las Vegas d-man Griffin Reinhart, essentially that Reinhart has no trade value at the NHL level at this point and would clear waivers if sent to the AHL. 

Shannon was talking to Bob Stauffer of Oilers Now, when Stauffer mentioned that Vegas is going right now with nine d-men and three of them have yet to play, Brad Hunt, Griffin Reinhart and Jon Merrill.

So far the Knights have gone with Jason Garrison, Lucas Sbisa, Colin Miller, Nate Schmidt, Brayden McNabb and Deryk Engelland.

Shannon suggested that Vegas GM George McPhee is still trying to trade away players. He’s hoping to find a market, so he has yet to send them down to the AHL. “I think he’s just being methodical because he thinks he has some level of assets. And in reality we know that… he doesn’t have near the assets that he truly believes he has.”

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Shea Theodore should be in the NHL right now, Shannon said, but because Theodore is still on an Entry Level Contract he did not have to clear waivers to go to the AHL, while Hunt, Reinhart and Merrill do have to clear waivers.

“The thing is they’re going to lose somebody on waivers here,” Stauffer said. “Do you think somebody would claim Reinhart if he went on waivers?”

“No,” Shannon said. “I think Griffin and Brad Hunt are in the same boat.” 

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