The Canucks had placed forward Darren Archibald on waivers yesterday and he cleared waivers this morning
As expected, MTL puts Karl Alzner on waivers today. Darren Archibald (VAN) clears waivers.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 26, 2018
Although not announced today, Archibald will be immediately assigned to the Utica Comets.
The Canucks were able to exceed the 23 man roster temporarily on Saturday night to activate Alex Edler and have him dress, by exercising Article 16.12b in the NHL/NHLPA CBA
In order for the Canucks to have been under the limit prior to the 2 pm PT roster deadline on Saturday, they would’ve had to place a player on waivers on Fridays, have them clear, and then activate Alex Edler off IR. That is a long time between the first move and puck drop on Saturday and it ultimately could’ve backfired. They also didn’t have to send down a player like Adam Gaudette or Reid Boucher to make room for Edler either. It was a way for the organization to maximize their roster, limit their exposure to the waiver wire, and give Edler more time to ensure there weren’t any setbacks.
By going that way, the Canucks have to assign Archibald to the Comets, they can’t keep him on the roster or send another player down.
Archibald appeared in nine games with the games scoring one goal and one assist.