If he got a little more speed from his injuries healing he could be an NHL player again. At near minimum salary he could be an effective 4th liner that could fill in on a scoring line or PP at times. He is still pretty young, if he has a good AHL season he might crack a teams roster again in the future, if he is healthier and gets a little more speed than he showed in Ottawa.
I dont know, honestly his skating sort of seemed like it always was - what seemed terrible was his shot. i cannot understand how a guy with that shot could have ever scored 50.
He got to good locations, made smart plays and then would shoot a 4th line grinder ECHL shot.