In desperate search of some offense, the New Jersey Devils waived center Sergey Kalinin on Friday according to NHL Writer James Mirtle.
Kalinin, who was in his second season with the Devils, had two goals and four points with a minus-13 rating during 2016-17. He had eight goals and 15 points with a minus-9 rating in his rookie season last year. Overall, he scored 10 goals and 19 points in 120 games.
Also during his time in New Jersey, Kalinin really struggled in the faceoff circle. He won just 41.9 percent of his faceoffs and recorded a Corsi For Percentage of 44.1.
If Kalinin clears waivers, he will remain with the Devils organization and be re-assigned to the AHL in Albany.
New Jersey is 5-4-1 in its last 10 games, but they are still just 24-23-10 for the entire season. The Devils’ 58 points is bad enough for second to last in the Metropolitan Division in front of only the Carolina Hurricanes. However, Carolina has four games in hand and could pass New Jersey, pushing the Devils into last place.
On the other hand, New Jersey isn’t completely out of the playoff picture either. Toronto holds the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and is only five points ahead of New Jersey. The Maple Leafs are sliding, having only won three of their last 10 games.
But to make the playoffs, the Devils will have to climb five teams and drastically improve offensively. Even with the addition of superstar wing Taylor Hall, New Jersey is 29th offensively, scoring 2.2 goals per game.