Very smart move by Caps. He is going to be an upgrade over guys like Carrick and Hillen. Urbam is on par with Hillen offensively, but has more size and is better defensively. I wasn't impressed with Carrick so far...Urbom is more NHL ready than him.
The Devils had 25 players on their roster.
He was able to IR Elias and Tedenby.
He wanted Elias to play tomorrow.
So he had to send someone down?
Pretty simple.. don't think Urbom is that important that Elias should sit just so he can be on the squad. Of the players we would have to send down, he's the one where it'd hurt least to lose and least likely to be claimed.
Curious what people want the Devils to do...they had to waive someone, and Josefson probably would have been claimed as well.
Not a real loss from New Jersey's perspective. Gelinas has leap frogged Urbom, and we have Merrill and Severson in the wings.
You've been here long enough to know that every prospect is gold until proven otherwise. Urbom might be a decent third pairing guy, sucks to lose him, but in the grand scheme of things, it's not a huge loss...
That said, you guys didn't want to waive Harrold instead of exposing Urbom to waivers?