When the Ottawa Senators waived Cody Goloubef, they were almost certainly expecting him to clear, and either report to Belleville, or at least be eligible for their Calder Cup playoff run.
He did not.
As first reported by Postmedia’s Bruce Garrioch, the Detroit Red Wings submitted a successful waiver claim for Goloubef, and are now the owners of the remainder of his contract.
After arriving in Ottawa via trade last season, the 30 year-old defenceman was re-signed last summer. He played 24 NHL games this year, scoring his first goal since 2015-2016, to go with one assist, and eight penalty minutes. Goloubef will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
The claim presents a decent-sized problem for the Senators. While Goloubef is not exactly a key guy, the team now has only five healthy defencemen on the NHL roster. They will likely be reluctant about the prospect of pulling someone from the red-hot Belleville Senators, but Christian Jaros, Christian Wolanin, or Erik Brannstrom seem like the team’s only real options. Lassi Thomson is still in Finland, but it appears unlikely the team would call him over until his season is done.
The Sens are back in action tomorrow night, hosting the Montreal Canadiens.