The waiving of Josh Jooris suggests that a countering move is in the works for the New York Rangers.
Josh Jooris’ short time with the New York Rangers hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows.
After appearing in just 12 games in which the negatives seemed to outweigh the positives, Chris Johnston reported this morning that the Blueshirts opted to waive Jooris just 29 games into the season.
The #NYR have placed Josh Jooris on waivers.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 10, 2016
The 26-year-old produced just two points in his 12 appearances and was beginning to fall out of favor with Alain Vigneault.
The former Calgary Flames’ forward got off to a solid start with the Rangers until suffering a separated shoulder in the waning days of October against the Boston Bruins. Jooris struggled mightily since his return to the lineup, as his defensive upside continued to diminish and offensive shortcomings became more and more noticeable. His penalty killing ability, one of the primary reasons why he was brought to the Big Apple, was a non-factor, as Vigneault opted against utilizing him in man down situations.
This move was one that was bound to happen at some point. With Oscar Lindberg‘s improved play and Pavel Buchnevich slated to return within a week, Jooris was likely going to be the one waived.
Whether he clears waivers is unclear at the moment, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s not back in New York. He’s a cheap option that would provide any team with depth if he is claimed. Stay tuned, as it appears a move to counter Jooris’ waiving is imminent.