I mean, let's not feel TOO bad for the guy. Good chance he stays here and gets to play in the playoffs (no cap in the postseason) and he's about to marry Julianne Hough, coming off his $25m contract.
I think he ends up sliding through, and they bring him back to play LW on the 4th line in the playoffs. If someone else claims him I'm pretty sure we'd end up with a lot more cap room, and does anyone really want to see what they could add before the deadline if they had cap room to go get a rental player?
I was really surprised when I saw his stat line. I know I said earlier this year that he adjusts his style of play to what the team needs, and he's been pretty great defensively this year which is what they needed on that 4th line, but I still thought he had more than 1 goal.
Doubt it ends up being a huge deal. He goes down for a bit, still practices with the team every day, and then gets added back to the roster for the playoffs to play next to Beags on the 4th line. Worth a shot to clear that salary for next season, and I'm betting that they know no one is going to take him to do them that favor. They are starting to line themselves up to extend the young guys and keep things together after next season.