The Arizona Coyotes have had eight defensemen on their NHL roster for a few weeks now. Earlier this morning, we found out why:
#Coyotes have placed D David Schlemko on waivers. Have tried to get something for him in a trade since before they recalled Brandon Gormley.— Craig Morgan (@cmorganfoxaz) November 14, 2014
David Schlemko has seen the inside of the press box quite a bit recently; before last night's game in Calgary, Schlemko had not played since the Carolina Hurricanes game on Nov. 1. The defenseman has only produced one assist for the club this season in seven games, while posting a dismal Corsi For percentage of 41.95, a Corsi +/- of -33, and a CorsiRel of -7.86.
The attempts to trade Schlemko do not come as a terrible surprise given the relative logjam the team has had at the defensive position of late, with Connor Murphy and Brandon Gormley establishing permanent positions on the blueline. This move should guarantee, for better or worse, that those defensemen, along with Chris Summers, get more ice-time.
Schlemko will be on waivers for 24 hours, during which NHL teams will have the option to claim him by order of their record (teams with the worst record get higher priority over teams with better records, from Nos. 29-1). Should Schlemko clear waivers, the team will be free to assign him to the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL) or opt to keep him on the roster after all (an unlikely possibility). Either way, it appears that Schlemko's days in Sedona Red are numbered.