Kraken activates two players, places Austin Czarnik on waiver
The Kraken are set to welcome a pair of key forwards into the roster as they announced (Twitter link) that they activated the center Jared McCann and winger Jaden Schwartz excluding casualty reserve. To make room for them on the roster, they also placed the winger Austin Czarnik on waivers.
McCann was out for nearly two weeks with an upper-body injury, but still managed to hold the team scoring lead with 21 goals and 12 assists in 48 games. Selected from expanding Toronto, the 25-year-old waiting RFA has already reached a new career high in goals and is just three away from setting a new benchmark in terms of points.
As for Schwartz, their big free agent who signed up for the forward missed two months with a hand injury, an injury that was initially expected to take just four to six weeks to recover. The 29-year-old still leads Seattle in points per game this season and has six goals and 14 assists in 29 games. While the Kraken won’t return to the playoff draw this season, they will still benefit from having these two players back in their roster.
Czarnik was picked up on waivers for the Islanders last month but has only played six games since, collecting two assists in just under 11 minutes per game. The 29-year-old was more productive in New York, however, registering two goals and three assists in 11 games with them in almost identical playing time. He is in the final season of his contract which effectively caps below the league minimum, checking in at just $725,000. Although Czarnik was never able to establish himself as a full-time regular in the NHL, that price could be intriguing for a cap-strapped team just looking to add depth. If the Islanders choose to make a claim and are the only team to do so, they would be allowed to assign him to AHL Bridgeport if they so choose.