Yesterday the Pacific Division-leading L.A. Kings placed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff on waivers. Fans and pundits have been wondering if the veteran blueliner would clear, considering how many NHL teams are actively seeking help on defense.
We got our answer 24 hours later, as Ehrhoff has indeed cleared waivers according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.
Ehrhoff (LAK) clears waivers.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 11, 2016
He was scratched earlier in the season for Derek Forbort, and now it seems that the Kings are making room for Kevin Gravel in the lineup following this demotion.
Ehrhoff was inked to a one-year, $1.5 million contract this summer after the Pittsburgh Penguins decided not to re-sign him. It was considered a bargain deal at the time, but the 33-year-old has failed to cement his role on the Kings’ blue line. Jamie McBain has been much better than expected since signing with Los Angeles in November of 2014, and the Kings have a handful of young players knocking at the door for NHL playing time.
Gravel is expected to take Ehrhoff’s spot after posting 15 points in 58 games at the AHL level.
The Kings are the fifth-best defensive team in hockey in terms of average goals allowed, and Gravel gives them more size and offensive punch from the blue line.
Time for you to sound off on this move, L.A. Kings fans. Have you been happy with what Ehrhoff has brought to the ice this season? Or are you looking forward to seeing a younger option like Gravel getting some ice time in with Los Angeles? Sound off in the comments down below and let us know what your thoughts are.