After losing Noah Juulsen on waivers on Monday, the Habs got some better news on Tuesday as both Michael Frolik and Corey Perry cleared waivers, allowing them to be sent to the taxi squad.
The veterans were both signed to one-year, $750K deals in the days leading up to training camp to serve as extra depth and having them waiver-exempt until they play 10 NHL games or are up for 30 days on the NHL roster certainly gives them some flexibility.
Frolik is coming off a tough season split between Calgary and Buffalo where he had just six goals and eight assists in 57 games which resulted in minimal interest in free agency aside from teams overseas. Perry, meanwhile, had a quiet year offensively as well (five goals, 16 assists in 57 games) but had a bigger impact in the playoffs with five goals in 27 contests as they made it to the Stanley Cup Final.
The Habs finalized their taxi squad on Tuesday as well as they make their final cuts in advance of the 5 PM EST deadline. Perry and Frolik are on it along with Ryan Poehling, Cale Fleury, and Charlie Lindgren. Poehling and Fleury’s inclusions are notable as teams typically won’t want young guys on the taxi squad if they can be playing in the minors. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them sent to Laval with older players coming up once the AHL campaign gets underway next month.