With a desire to shake up a roster that had lost nine (now ten) consecutive games, the New York Islanders placed Pierre-Marc Bouchard on waivers yesterday. The noon deadline for another team to claim the former first-round pick has come and gone today, and the other 29 teams in the NHL have said thanks, but no thanks to Bouchard’s services.
— NYIslanders (@NYIslanders) December 10, 2013
Various teams were rumored to be considering picking him up, including the Ottawa Senators…
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) December 10, 2013
And the Buffalo Sabres had to come out and deny their interest due to persisting rumors…
The Sabres do not have interest in claiming Pierre-Marc Bouchard off waivers, source says.
— John Vogl (@BuffNewsVogl) December 10, 2013
It’s unclear at this point what the next move for Bouchard will be. The Islanders had signed him in hopes of adding some goal-scoring depth, but he only managed to post four tallies in 28 games. He hasn’t hit double digits in goals since 2010-11, and is now six full campaigns away from his career high (20 in 2006-07).
Regardless of what’s next for Bouchard, New York is expected to recall Ryan Strome now that they have roster space for the AHL’s scoring leader. He could make his debut tonight against the San Jose Sharks.