Shortly after Wade Dubielewicz came off the ice at the Islanders' pre-game skate this morning at the Coliseum, he received a telephone call from general manager Garth Snow informing him that he had been claimed on waivers by Columbus.
"I thought he was joking at first, but he wasn't," Dubielewicz said. "He was disappointed, and I'm disappointed."
It wasn't hard to see this coming.
We'd heard that Dubielewicz was getting interest from as many as three or four teams, and because he was coming to the NHL from the KHL in midseason, he would have to clear waivers in order to join any team. It stands to reason that, as soon as he signed on with one club, whoever missed out on him would put in a claim.
There's a real midseason goalie shuffle going on in the league now, with the Garon-Sabourin trade earlier today, Curtis Sanford clearing waivers a few days ago and now this business for Dubie. The Isles are going to have to add some sort of netminder in the near future, even if they are tanking for Tavares, so expect some news on that soon.