The Flames have reportedly made two more roster moves today as the trim down to 22-23 players reaches it’s final stages. Tyler Wotherspoon and Linden Vey are the two players that Chris Johnston of Sportsnet is saying were put on waivers:
Among those on waivers today: #flames Linden Vey and Tyler Wotherspoon, #preds Austin Watson, #NYR Tanner Glass, #bruins Zac Rinaldo.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 7, 2016
Wotherspoon could clear waivers and end up back in Stockton if no one claims him. Wotherspoon is signed through this season on a two way deal that pays him $625,000 at the NHL level and $125,000 if he’s in the AHL. He played in 11 games for the Flames last season and registered one assist in his time with the big club. His numbers in Stockton were much better in 61 games, where he scored only 2 goals, but added 22 assists.
Linden Vey inked a 1 year, $700,000 deal with Flames on July 5th. Like Wotherspoon’s deal, it’s a two way contract that will pay him $325,000 if he plays in Stockton. Vey played his last 2 seasons in Vancouver and had his best season in 2014-15. He played in a career high 75 games and scored 10 goals with 14 assists. Vey dressed for 4 of the Flames preseason games, but only saw the ice in the final two games.
Both of these moves could clear with way for Brett Kulak to make the Flames opening night roster. The other option these two moves could create is room for Kris Russell to make a return to Calgary. It’s been heavily rumored this off season that Russell could be on his way back to the Flames after they dealt him to Dallas at the trade deadline for Jyrki Jokipakka.