Sunday, February 19, 2017

NHL news: Blues claim Rattie of waivers from Canes

The St. Louis Blues have claimed RW Ty Rattie off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes. Let's get into details.
   The Blues had Rattie from 2011 (when they drafted him 32nd overall) to this January, when the Canes claimed him off waivers from them. Back then, the Blues didn't need him. But after that, forward Robby Fabbri went down with a season ending injury, and the Blues wished they still had Rattie. Forwards like Kenny Agostino and Wade Megan were called up (they're both playing for Chicago (AHL) now). When the Hurricanes placed Rattie on waivers, GM Doug Armstrong knew he had to make a move. Rattie, 24, has 10 points in just 35 career NHL games. He has no points in 4 NHL games this year with the Blues, and 2 assists in 5 games for the Canes. He was sent to Chicago (AHL) right after he was claimed.
     I'm a little surprised that Rattie was placed on waivers by the Canes. Rattie is a RW, and now their only RW on the roster is Lee Stempniak. The guy who they called up to replace Rattie, Phillip Di Giuseppe, is a LW, one of 7 on their roster. Di Giuseppe, 23, is a year younger than Rattie so the Canes might have liked him more for that reason (probably not). Di Giuseppe has 2 points (a goal and an assist) in 18 NHL games this season.

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