The Washington Capitals waived forward Joe Snively on Saturday to make room for Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom, who return to the active roster tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Snively went unclaimed by today’s 2PM deadline and will now report to AHL Hershey.
Snively clears. No new waivers
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 8, 2023
Snively recorded 15 goals and 23 assists in 35 games with the Hershey Bears last season. He was named co-MVP of the team, even though he was recalled to Washington mid-season.
Snively, a native of Herndon, Virginia, played in six games and recorded one assist during the first half of the 2022-23 season. He made his NHL debut during the 2021-22 season and recorded four goals and three assists in just 12 games played before sustaining a season-ending wrist injury.
Snively, 27, was never drafted but signed a two-year deal with the Capsitals in 2019 for $925,000 per year. The Capitals re-signed Snively to a one-year, two-way contract extension on June 3, 2021 and re-signed him to a two-year deal on March 16, 2022. He will be a restricted free agent in 2024-25.
The Bears are back in action tonight when they host the Syracuse Crunch at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 5:00PM.
By Jon Sorensen