You guys will love Daugavins. He isn't overly fast, or overly physical, nor does he have a very good shot.... but alas, that is why he is a 4th liner and paid accordingly.
He's an amazing PKer. On an Ottawa team that has one of the best PKs in the league this season I can still say without hesitation that K-Daug was arguably our best forward when SH after Condra. He always battles hard and gives it his all. He's also quite strong on the boards.
If his shot wasn't so underwhelming he'd have quite a few more goals - his hands and ability to find space are, for a 4th liner, surprisingly advanced.
He's also a decent shootout option.
All in all, Daugavins was one of my favorite bottom-six players in recent memory for the Senators. Due to his personality maybe the favorite -a great player to have in the room by all reports and I was quite sad to see him go. There were a handful of players I feel he deserved the be playing over this year and I still don't understand why he was a healthy scratch so often. It's even more perplexing given that he performed quite well whenever inserted back into the lineup. Evidently, Daugavins thought the same and eventually asked to be waived.
Murray and MacLean have been nearly flawless for Ottawa in their asset management and personnel decisions since taking over in their respective roles. This is the first one I think they got wrong. Not for waiving him but for not playing him in the first place and thus seeing that waiver request unfold. As he is "only" a 4th liner, however, I cannot say I will be losing sleep over it. Even if I liked him a lot.
Good luck to K-Daug in Boston!
I'm really excited to see him play for us, I've been really impressed with how your team is playing especially given the injuries, and even though we've been winning against you guys, they're always narrow, difficult wins that often go into OT. Ottawa is always a team I'm kind of nervous for us to play, despite the winning record. It seems like the sort of team that is great as a whole rather than having a few stars that hold the whole team on their shoulders so needless to say, I'm really happy to be acquiring someone who played for your team. I think he'll go on our 3rd line, and I just have a good feeling about him. Our 3rd line is in dire need of help, and he'll at least be a solid replacement for Pandolfo, but he could also surprise us and exceed expectations. Anyway, a low-risk, high-reward trade that I'm happy about, and reading this has got me even more excited
I was hoping CJ would bump Paille up to line 3 and substitute Daugavins for Pandolfo on line 4 being that he is a better skater and forechecker. Pandolfo just has to go, sick of seeing him bring down whatever line he plays on.
Kinda crappy that he can't play tomorrow against Philly. We need all the attitude that we can get and he isn't complaining about playing too much, just the opposite, he's rearing to go. Unbelievable that the gubmint can't move a little faster.
I am kind of sad that we won't get to see him until after the Flyers and Buffalo games.
I wonder how long it will take Iginla to start playing for the Pens-better not be faster.
I was going to say seemed like Kelly was quicker but then the team was doing a swing through Canada when his trade was made, so I assume he could play with the team for the road trip and his papers were in order when they returned to Boston.
I thought I read that Iginla was waiting too and wouldn't be available until After the weekend.
You would think the NHL could do something to make these trades work faster without 3 to 5 days of paper work.
That's correct, he won't be available. Doesn't have anything to do with the NHL, though - they have to get work visas from the federal government. My husband had a similar visa (it's for specialized work; the criteria is that nobody else can do it. The immigration worker we dealt with actually said "it's usually for athletes and brain surgeons." ) and believe me, these guys are getting theirs fast, relatively speaking.