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Isles claim Keith Aucoin off waivers

Jan 17, 2013, 12:29 PM EST

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The New York Islanders have claimed center Keith Aucoin off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Aucoin, 34, has played 102 games in the NHL and tallied an unremarkable 37 points. But the undersized and undrafted Massachusetts native has been a scoring machine in the AHL, racking up 814 points in 707 games. That total includes 40 points in 34 games this season with the Marlies.

For curious Isles fans, the National Post published a profile of Aucoin yesterday when he still had a future with the Leafs.

  1. colby7 - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    They should make a limit on how many players one team can claim. Or just change it from “waivers” to “sent to NYI”.

  2. hockeywithdrawal - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    There is a limit – you can still only claim until your roster is full. I love the waiver system – it’s the only thing that keeps GM’s honest when they are giving one-way contracts. Otherwise they’d give them all one-way contracts and then put them down in the AHL anyway.

  3. tjvalley - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    I love what the isles are doing. The team had no real depth going into the season and they need to field two teams. Aucoin is a great guy to have the kids developing with in the AHL.

    • bcisleman - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      To be precise, they didn’t have much veteran depth. Signing Martinek and claiming Finley and Hickey helped add depth on D although Finley and Hickey have no real NHL resume. Aucoin is insurance in the event that Stromer is not quite ready to step in at 2nd line center.

      • jl9830 - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        No he’s not lol no one is expecting Aucoin to be a second line center.

      • bcisleman - Jan 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        Wanna bet? You think it was a coincidence that Aucoin was claimed and Strome sent down the same day? Aucoin will get a shot at the roster either as 2nd or 3rd line center. Aucoin, Frans and Marty are the only veteran center the Isles have after JT. They are the likely starters at center. Note that the Leafs gave Aucoin TOI w/ Kessel and Lupul. Don’t see it as a stretch that he competes with Frans for the 2nd line spot.

      • 19to77 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        Dude, Frans Nielsen is their dedicated #2C until such time as a better option comes along. Which Keith Aucoin, great AHL career or not, certainly isn’t.

  4. purp1234 - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    they are something like 16 million under the cap…keep ‘em coming!

    • bcisleman - Jan 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      Floor or ceiling? They are 6-7 mil over the floor.

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