If he clears waivers he can be re-called after the deadline when the rosters are expanded.
Yeah, I mentioned it in the Injury thread, but the good thing about waiving him today is that teams need to have the roster spot available in order to claim him and keep him up with the big club. If they waited until tomorrow teams could claim him and keep him up regardless because the 23 player limit on the active roster is eliminated as of trade deadline day. This way they can send him down, he can stay in game shape and Manitoba gets an elite puck moving defenseman at the AHL level to help them go for the Calder Cup assuming the Canucks don't get ravaged by injuries.
Pretty smart move by Gillis to send him through today knowing at least Avery was going through today and now we know a whole bunch of other players. Not saying Nycholat is anything special but this just increases the chances he'll pass through and who knows we may need him later on incase of injuries or something. Smart asset management by Gillis.