It sounds stranger than fiction, considering his recent history against the Boston Bruins, but the team has claimed Kaspars Daugavins–formerly of the Ottawa Senators–off waivers. He and Jussi Jokinen were both put on the waiver wire yesterday, though Jokinen went unclaimed.
Daugavins, like Brad Marchand, was selected in the third round of the 2006 draft. The 24-year-old played his junior hockey with the OHL Toronto St. Michael’s Majors, a team that later relocated to Mississauga, before joining the Senators organization full-time in 2008. He’d played two full AHL seasons with the Binghamton Senators before getting his first shot at the NHL, all of one game with Ottawa in the 2009-10 season. One more full AHL season and Calder Cup victory followed before he spent the vast majority of 2011-12 in Canada’s capital city.
This season, he’s put up a goal and two assists in 19 games played with Ottawa and, during the lockout, he spent time playing in his native Latvia with the KHL Riga Dynamo. While in Riga, he had five goals and nine assists in 35 games. He’s a little infamous among Bruins fans for the unusual shootout move he tried earlier this season on Tuukka Rask, one that quite nearly actually worked just like it did when he tried it in the A. That single NHL goal of his this season, too, came against Boston.
In all likelihood, he could get a look on the Bruins’ struggling third line, which hasn’t really been able to find the same magic this season that it had last year. Rumor has it that he sometimes barks in victory when he scores a goal. Could Bruins fans soon discover if that rumor is true?
Also, if you want to see that shootout attempt again–Daugavins has been referred to as a shootout comedian because of it–here it is in video glory.