“I think if my habits were better when I was younger, once I retire I’m probably going to look back and say, ‘Well, if I would’ve committed 100 percent on both sides — on the ice, off the ice — I think I could’ve done a lot more,’” Ribeiro said. “That’s why I’m at a point now that, OK, I’m 32, do I want to still do what I was doing? Or do I want to become a better player and still play till I’m 38, 39?”
Tim Connolly going on waivers ... could be a potential compliance buyout or he could clear and then be traded (potentially another salary retention move).
This one worries me a bit. GM Joe has shown he is willing to take the suggestions of his players in the past for potential roster moves (Ribs pushing for Ryder). Connolly has history with Roy, and with Benn still unsigned he could be a basically free option for help on the PP.
More than likely there's no worry about Dallas taking a flyer on the guy, but his name did catch my eye when I saw the waiver report.
That said, if he cleared waivers and Toronto was willing to take a warm body, it might make sense to swap him for Nystrom. Nystrom was a decent player for Dallas last year, but he doesn't have a future here. I think it be a limited risk to try and add some scoring punch. If it doesn't work out, there are younger options to provide solid defensive play from the wing.
You potentially have a 3rd/4th line of Morrow-Fiddler-Connolly.
He's a better option then Fiddler/Wandell on the 2nd line while Benn is unsigned. Then when Benn is signed it still gives them some good depth down the lineup. His contract ends this season so there is no risk whatsoever.