Defenceman Christoph Schubert's days with the Senators could be over. Centre Zack Smith is also leaving Ottawa ... at least for now.
The team placed Schubert on waivers today, meaning any interested NHL team can claim him for his $900,000 during the next 24 hours. If he clears waivers at noon Tuesday, then it's likely Schubert join the AHL Binghamton Senators as the NHL squad pares its roster down from the current 26 players left in camp.
Smith was assigned to the AHL squad after a solid showing in the team's training camp, during which he played in four games and earned one assist.
Coach Cory Clouston said Schubert simply got caught up in a numbers game. The Dany Heatley trade, which brought over Jonathan Cheechoo and Milan Michalek from the San Jose Sharks, and the signing of Alex Kovalev made it tough for Schubert to crack the lineup. The emergence of rookie Peter Regin also hurt his chances.
"Sometimes people outplay you," said Clouston. "We've got a couple of young guys who have played well. We've got other guys we've added to our lineup. We added three new forwards and got rid of one, which was Dany.
"When you just simply do numbers, somebody is on the outside looking in. It's not necessarily what you do or don't do, sometimes other players are just ahead of you."
The Senators have three or four decisions to make this week prior to opening the regular season Saturday at the New York Rangers.