The New York Islanders were forced to make a salary dump over the offseason, jettisoning defenseman Nick Leddy ($5.5 million AAV) to the Detroit Red Wings for Richard Panik (Red Wings retained half his salary, $1.375 million) and a second-round pick. For Panik, the trade put him on his fourth different team in a little over two years.
Landing on the Island, however, appeared to be a good opportunity for the former Capital. The Islanders notoriously do not have much forward depth or high-end skill.
Now after a full training camp, Panik will not start the year with the team and was put on waivers by GM Lou Lamoriello. Panik was one of 14 players who hit the waiver wire on Saturday, including Panik’s close friend Michal Kempny.