A day after acquiring Michal Kempny from the Chicago Blackhawks, the Capitals have placed Taylor Chorney on waivers with the intent of getting him off their 23-man NHL roster.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman was the first to report the news.
Chorney (WASH) and Dumont (OTT) on waivers
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 20, 2018
Chorney, who has a cap hit of $800,000, has been the Caps’ de facto seventh defenseman for the last three seasons. Stepping in for an injured Brooks Orpik, Chorney played 55 games for the 2015-16 Presidents’ Trophy winning Capitals and played solid on the third pairing. But since then, the Thunder Bay, Ontario native has struggled, especially this year, posting a 43.2 shot attempts percentage in 24 games.
Early in the 2017-18 campaign, Chorney looked overwhelmed defensively while being paired with Aaron Ness. His sporadic and inconsistent ice time has also been a potential factor in his struggles.
Chorney v. McDavid is definitely a matchup I want to see more of. 💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀 pic.twitter.com/sU0P5XXoNf
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) October 29, 2017
Why were both Ness and Chorney 30 feet away from the net? pic.twitter.com/z8WCtQ6GL3
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) October 10, 2017
Unless Chorney is claimed, he will likely spend the rest of the season in Hershey where the under-.500 Bears need all the help they can get. Chorney will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Let us sound the Chorn Horn for potentially the final time.
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