Brandon Yip, right winger for the Colorado Avalanche, was placed on waivers today. He has had a disappointing year, registering no points in ten games. He has been a healthy scratch for most of the season.
Yip, a Boston University graduate, was drafted by the Avalanche in 2004 (239th overall). He appeared in his first NHL game on December 19, 2009. He went on to have an impressive rookie year, scoring 11 goals and helping out on 8 others in only 32 games. His sophomore year was not as successful as he only put up 22 points (12g, 10a) in 71 games.
The move is certainly as a result of the return of defenseman Shane O’Brien. He was reactivated from injured reserve today, and a roster spot was needed. The only members of the Avalanche who are not subject to waivers are current call-ups defensman Stefan Elliott and forward David van der Gulik. Although he has struggled of late, Elliott is the team’s power play quarterback and top offensive-defenseman. van der Gulik has been solid on the fourth line in a roll Yip is not suited to play.
There are some teams that may see Yip as a worthwhile investment, but his lackluster play will make for few suitors. He currently has a $725,000 cap hit and is a UFA at the end of this season.