Craig Rivet cleared waivers by the Buffalo Sabres Thursday at noon. The Buffalo Sabres will assign him to the Portland Pirates of the AHL. In a twist that was not so much unexpected, the Buffalo Sabres will allow Craig Rivet to be placed on re-entry waivers today at Noon, so that teams might have a chance to claim him at even lower than what they would have paid if they had selected him Wednesday evening.
My question would be, if no one selects Craig Rivet on re-entry waivers starting tomorrow at noon – what will happen to the aging defensemen and former captain of the Buffalo Sabres?
Rivet had a good run in Montreal, playing for twelve years. He then had the ability to play in California, as a member of the San Jose Sharks, before joining the Blue and Gold, and he still thinks he can play in this league. Now at the start of the year he made it known that this is going to be his last hurrah, his farewell tour so to speak. Teams interested in him should know that, but there are plenty of teams that are interested in adding him as a depth player for a playoff push.
My thoughts are this – how long is it going to take for you to be able to enter our lineup – given the fact that you have not played in how long? Now I am not saying that Craig Rivet has turned into a slug since last playing in a Sabres uniform, but theres a difference between practice speed and full game speed.
I wish him the best, he is a good player, and after a storied career as he has had, I just hope he can walk away from the game with his head high, instead of trying to drag one or two more years out of playing a subpar game in the NHL.