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Rangers lose player on waivers, Kraken places player on waivers for contract termination

The Colorado Avalanche have waived forward Dryden Hunt from the New York Rangers, while the Seattle Kraken have placed veteran Michael Kempny on waiver for termination of contract.

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Hunt, a 26-year-old forward who has simply been pushed down the Rangers depth chart, should struggle to factor things in for the Avs, but given their long-term injury to captain Gabriel Landeskog, it’s a decision that makes sense. Hunt has one goal in three games for the Rangers so far this season and had six goals and 17 points in 76 games last season, his first full NHL campaign. Overall, he scored 13 goals and 41 points in 168 games split between the Rangers, Arizona Coyotes and Florida Panthers. He’s a classic NHL/AHL tweener, as he’s absolutely turned it on at the AHL level in the past.

As for Kempny, that seems to be the end of the road for the veteran defender. By terminating his contract, the Kraken have allowed the 32-year-old to seek employment abroad and it already looks like he is planning to return home to his native Czech Republic to play. He managed 15 games at the NHL level with the Washington Capitals last season, but spent most of the season either as a healthy scratch with the AHL’s Hershey Beras. His best campaign came in 2018-19 when he had six goals and 25 points in 71 games with the Capitals.

Additionally, the Vancouver Canucks placed forward Phillip Di Guiseppe on waivers today. The 29-year-old forward played last season with the Canucks AHL-affiliated Abbotsford Canucks, scoring 12 goals and 36 points in 42 games. Overall, he has 16 goals and 53 points in 201 NHL games split between the New York Rangers, Nashville Predators and Carolina Hurricanes. At 29 and with a history of not being able to hold down an NHL roster spot, I don’t see any team picking up a flyer on him as a waiver.