Pension Plan Puppets
With the news today that the Philadelphia Flyers have placed goalie Calvin Pickard on waivers, the Leafs can choose to claim him back if they want to.
Calvin Pickard (PHI) on waivers — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 28, 2018
If the Leafs make a claim, and they are the only team to claim him, he would be considered to have cleared waivers and they can send him directly to the AHL. Pickard’s time with the Flyers has been difficult, with his performance behind a defensively porous team coming up very short of expectations.
It seems unlikely that any team would claim him intending to play him in the NHL, even as a backup. But as an AHL starter, he has a proven track record, and a stint on the Marlies might just get him in a position to be considered as an NHL backup again.
The Leafs called up goalie Eamon McAdam to the Marlies when both Pickard and Curtis McElhinney were claimed away on waivers. McAdam was acquired in the Matt Martin trade, and is on an NHL contract, but he had been playing for the Newfoundland Growlers. The Growlers had to find a new goalie, and they signed Mario Culina, who has worked out as well as their original backup, Michael Garteig. Garteig has taken the starter’s spot and made it his with a .930 save percentage in 16 games. Culina as backup has a .940 in three starts. They don’t seem to need McAdam back very badly.