Every day at noon, NHL teams declare players they have placed on waivers. Today, the Capitals did so with defenseman Aaron Ness. Other NHL teams have 24 hours to claim him, if they wish.
Waivers: AARON NESS
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) November 28, 2017
Ness has played eight games this season, recording one assist. Ness seemed to struggle in his limited role and usage. The Capitals took just 42.6 percent of shot-attempts while he was on the ice during 5-on-5, ranking him in the bottom 5 percentile among D in that metric.
5v5 opponent rates for Caps D, color-coded for scale among all NHL D with 120+ minutes. pic.twitter.com/AJHMApUp63
— Peter Hassett (@peterhassett) November 28, 2017
Ness has not played since November 7. His contract carries a salary cap hit of $612,500.
On Monday, defenseman Christian Djoos practiced with the team after missing six games to an upper-body injury. Djoos’ status for Thursday’s game is not yet clear.
Each day, Micah Blake McCurdy of hockeyviz.com performs a wonderful public service by listing the daily order of teams who could claim Ness if they wish.
Waiver Order, Nov 28:
ari buf edm fla mtl
phi ott ana det min
van dal car bos col
pit wsh nyr cgy chi
s.j l.a tor cbj nyi
n.j nsh wpg vgk stl
— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) November 28, 2017
We will know by noon on Wednesday if Ness has been claimed.
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