Sabres captain Craig Rivet claimed by Columbus
There’s been an ongoing debate about when the Sabres should name a new captain, but nothing changed because technically they still had one on the roster. Not anymore.
Buffalo captain Craig Rivet is now a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets after being claimed on re-entry waivers. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun was first to report the move after the 12:00 deadline.
The Sabres will be on the hook for half of Rivet’s remaining salary, and he will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Columbus sits in 12th place in the West, two points out of a playoff spot and just four points out of 5th place with 21 games remaining.
Rivet was acquired by the Sabres in July 2008 from San Jose with a seventh round pick in 2010 in exchange for two second round picks. In 165 games with Buffalo, Rivet scored four goals and added 38 assists. One of those 38 assists was on Jason Pominville’s winner in the memorable win over San Jose after the Flight 3407 disaster.
Rivet also scored the game winner in the Game 1 victory over Boston in the first round of the 2010 playoffs.
After the series loss, it was revealed that the captain had been playing all season with a shoulder injury that required surgery. Hopes were that he would be stronger than in years past, but he struggled to stay in the lineup this season, becoming a healthy scratch back in October and appearing in only 23 games before leaving today.