Maybe Nashville? Kostitsyn doesn't seem to be working out as well as they hoped. He looked good against Phoenix, but he's just not putting up the numbers. They are similar players, but I think Prucha has that tremmendous, infectious, insanely positive attitude and is always the top worker. Last season Dave Tippett created a system of rating players outside of the numbers they put up. The sort of intangible "process" points. Not how many rocks you move, but how you move the rocks kind of thing. Prucha was second to Doan amongst forwards.
Korpi's offensive emergence made Prucha redundant. Opens the door for one of Boedker, Tikhonov, MacLean to step up. With Prucha no longer sitting in the press box, Tippett can afford to take long looks at the kids. While Biz takes Prucha's spot.
I agree with waiving him, but not assigning him to the AHL. He should be put into the line-up tomorrow, so we can see how he reacts. It may be his turn for a hatty. You never know how he might respond to being offered to every team in the NHL only to hear them say, "Thanks, but no thanks".
Perhaps they are going to turn around and put him on re-entries. We've already paid a quarter of his salary, so he is only due $937,500, half of which is $468,750. I am positive we'd find a taker for that. The question is whether we'd rather pay him the rest of his .938 to play in the AHL or .469 to play for another NHL team.
Perhaps they are hoping he'll refuse to report and go back to Europe. I certainly wouldn't blame the guy. He is an NHL caliber player, and there is no doubt about that. He just makes too much for what he brings to the table. If he made 800k, he'd have a job with an NHL team, no question. I really don't think there is anything he can do in the AHL to help his case. Even if he goes down there and scores a point and a half a game, that's not going to make him any more attractive to NHL GMs. I think it's almost better for him to go over to Europe, get out of sight, and out of mind, and then take a PTO with a team like Pittsburgh or Nashville, next season.