After speaking with a member of the team’s hockey operations, it has been confirmed that Colin Fraser has been placed on waivers, and the analysis in the post from earlier this afternoon is correct. The move gives the Kings extra “breathing space” in terms of roster and cap flexibility and was “not a knock on Fras.” He expressed that the team must play better than it had since Christmas, and today’s move was one that should provide the team with flexibility for the future.
We also spoke about J.F. Berube, who was placed on the Kings’ active roster when Martin Jones was assigned to Manchester yesterday. As noted, this was a “paper” move made because NHL teams must have a minimum of 18 skaters and two goaltenders on the active roster. It’s a quirk in the rules governing rosters during Olympic years, and Berube will earn an NHL paycheck during the Olympic break. He has appeared in 34 games with Manchester this season and was not with the team this morning. Mathias Niederberger will back up Martin Jones in his absence.
Monarchs captain Andrew Campbell did a good job of summing up Berube’s sweet deal:
— Soup (@a_campbell2) February 8, 2014