On NHL waivers today: Nick Shore (TOR).
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 3, 2019
Yep, that’s a thing that happened, and it’s a thing that really isn’t all that surprising considering that Mitch Marner could return as early as tomorrow.
Nick Shore seems like the odd man out. He’s at the unfortunate disadvantage of being the one guy on this list who hadn’t previously played for Sheldon Keefe, and picking up a goal in the one game he has played for Keefe doesn’t change the fact that he was given one game and only saw 5:25 minutes of ice time in it. Shore is also a bit older and it’s harder to envision him in the future of the Leafs, so cutting him makes sense, even if it does thin out the center depth. As for if Shore would get claimed, well, it depends on how many centers around the league are injured at the moment.
And while the recall of Martin Marincin confuses the next steps a bit more, Shore’s departure isn’t a huge surprise.
Statistically the Leafs aren’t giving up a lot by cutting Shore, and those same numbers point to a strong possibility that he will go unclaimed and find his way to the Marlies, and he can still be counted as some center depth.