Rinaldo was placed on waivers by Columbus on Thursday, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports. Rinaldo and teammate Cameron Johnson were the two Blue Jackets to hit waivers Thursday. Rinaldo featured in four games with the Flames last season, averaging just 5:50 of ice time and recording no points.
Rinaldo will not be invited to training camp and will start the year in the minors due to his COVID-19 vaccination status, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. According to team president John Davidson, all 67 players being invited to training camp are fully vaccinated, which led to the decision to leave Rinaldo off the roster. Given the team's stance, it seems unlikely Rinaldo will see any opportunities with the Jackets this year unless the winger changes his position.
Rinaldo penned a one-year, two-way deal with Columbus on Friday. Rinaldo played in just four games for the Flames last year and probably shouldn't be banking on significantly more ice time this year. Even when he does get into the lineup, the 31-year-old center shouldn't be expected to offer much in the way of fantasy production given his limited offensive upside.
Rinaldo was reassigned to the taxi squad Friday, according to CapFriendly. Rinaldo was in Calgary's lineup for the last two games but will head back to the press box for Friday's game against the Jets. The veteran forward has gone scoreless in four NHL games this season.
Rinaldo was promoted from the active roster and recorded four hits in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Senators. Rinaldo has appeared in the last two games, racking up 10 hits in that span. The tough forward is unlikely to see more than fourth-line usage.
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