With a five-game losing streak to end 2018, one that pushed the Senators to dead last in the NHL, you assumed something was going to happen. Turns out GM Pierre Dorion decided to send a message to coach Guy Boucher, placing one of his favourites, Tom Pyatt, on waivers.
Likely this was to make room for the return of Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who has been participating in full-contact practices recently.
It's no secret that Boucher has had a weird soft spot for Pyatt. He's played 37 of the Sens' 40 games this year, despite contributing just two assists (and zero goals) and putting up 35% of the 5v5 shot attempts (via Natural Stat Trick), a mark that only Paul Carey and Drake Batherson have been worse than. In other words, he's been about the worst fourth-liner: generates no offence, and the puck is usually stuck in his own zone when he's on the ice. And being 31 years old, you can't argue this is part of his development.
When he was signed, it seemed that Boucher had liked what he'd seen with him in Switzerland and wanted to give him another NHL shot. But he inexplicably played in all but one of the team's games over the last two seasons, and only started getting scratched recently this year. To me, this feels like a message to Boucher that he's supposed to play players with futures in Ottawa.