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Pierre-Marc Bouchard placed on waivers, Ryan Strome to get called up
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Garth Snow has made his first move to change up the Islanders roster, placing veteran Pierre-Marc Bouchard on waivers to make room for Ryan Strome, who leads the AHL in scoring.
Bouchard, 29, signed a one-year, $2 million contract in July and Snow hoped the former Wild first-round pick could regain some of his scoring form he had before concussions cost him major time in recent seasons.
Bouchard had four goals and five assists in 29 games this season, providing the occasional offensive spark but was more often bogged down in the Isles’ scoring woes. He had started training camp on the top line with Matt Moulson and John Tavares, but was quickly moved off after that trio failed to jell.
Strome, the Isles’ first-round pick in 2011, has been chomping at the bit for a call-up. He has nine goals and 24 assists in 23 games with Bridgeport, including 17 points in the last eight games.
Teams have until noon on Tuesday to put in a claim on Bouchard. At that point, if he is claimed or clears, the Isles will announce Strome’s recall and he is likely to meet the team in San Jose for Tuesday’s game against the Sharks.
Strome has been playing center exclusively in Bridgeport, which may mean Peter Regin’s lineup spot is no longer assured. Brock Nelson has moved between center and wing, so it’s more likely that Nelson will slide over into Bouchard’s spot when Strome arrives.