Kaspars Daugavins claimed by Bruins

Kaspars Daugavins claimed by Bruins
March 27, 2013, 12:45 pm

The Bruins have made an addition to their team, but it’s not the one that everybody is pining for.

The Bruins claimed left wing shootout specialist Kaspars Daugavins off waivers. Daugavins is the Latvian forward that infamously tried the tricky spin-o-rama shootout move against Tuukka Rask earlier this season as a member of the Ottawa Senators. The move sparked conversation and controversy throughout the NHL about whether or not it was just a little too much mustard on the hot dog.

Daugavins is in the process of securing a work visa, and it’s uncertain at this point if he will be in Boston in time for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Daugavins reversed the toe of his stick blade and carried the puck into the zone before spinning, and ultimately getting stuffed by Rask’s pad save in a shootout decision that eventually went to Boston.

Daugavins was placed on waivers along with Caroline Hurricanes forward Jussi Jokinen on Tuesday, but Jokinen went unclaimed with a $3 million cap hit attached to him through the 2013-14 season.

Daugavins had one goal and three points in 17 games for the Senators this season along with a minus-7 and 11:25 of ice time, and also scored that first goal of the season against the Bruins in their most recent win over Ottawa at Scotiabank Place last week. Daugavins is a restricted free agent following this season, and was a wildly popular character in the Ottawa dressing room where they bestowed him with the name “Daug Man.”

A 2006 third round pick of the Senators, Daugavins had 5 goals and 11 points for the Sens last season in 65 games, and averaged 20 goals per season for the AHL’s Binghamton Senators the two prior to last year’s lengthy NHL stint.