The Flyers waived center Glen Metropolit and defenseman Ossi Vaananen on Thursday to clear salary cap space for Daniel Briere's impending return on Friday, according to an Associated Press report. Briere has missed the past 35 games and played in only nine games this season because of surgery on his abdomen and groin. The Flyers needed to dump about $2.5 million in cap space to fit Briere on the roster, and will likely need to make at least one more move.
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Rangers Pick Up Bell Off Re-Entry Waivers
The Rangers picked up forward Mark Bell off re-entry waivers from the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. The rest of Bell's $2.5 million contract will be split between the Rangers and Leafs, and he will become an unrestricted free agent this coming summer.
Jackets Claim Gratton Off Waivers From Tampa Bay
The Columbus Blue Jackets have claimed center Chris Gratton off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Gratton, 33, has collected two assists and 10 penalty minutes in 18 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning this season. He has added 3-12-15 and eight penalty minutes in 24 games with Norfolk of the American Hockey League. Tampa Bay?s first pick, third overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, he has registered 214-353-567 and 1,636 penalty minutes in 1,086 career games with the Lightning, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Phoenix, Colorado and Florida. He played the 1,000th game of his NHL career against the Ottawa Senators on March 22, 2007. He has added 8-7-15 and 82 penalty minutes in 40 career Stanley Cup playoff games. Prior to his professional career, the Brantford, Ontario native notched 82-93-175 and 162 penalty minutes in 120 career games with Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League. He recorded 27-39-66 and 37 penalty minutes in 62 games in 1991-92 en route to being named OHL Rookie of the Year. He has recorded 1-5-6 in 15 career games at the World Championships and helped Canada win the gold medal in 1997. He also had 2-2-4 in seven games during the 1993 World Junior Championships, helping Canada claim the gold medal.
Leafs' Devereaux Clears Waivers; Loan Hollweg, Battaglia To Marlies
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Saturday that Ryan Hollweg and Bates Battaglia have been loaned to the Toronto Marlies. The Leafs also announced that Boyd Devereaux, who cleared re-entry waivers on Friday, currently remains on the Maple Leafs roster. Hollweg has recorded two assists and 38 penalty minutes in 25 games for the Maple Leafs this season. In 30 games with the Marlies, Battaglia has tallied 12 goals, 10 assists and 22 points with 22 penalty minutes. Devereaux has played in 45 games for the Marlies this season collecting 16 points on nine goals and seven assists with 14 penalty minutes. He most recently scored two goals in the Marlies? 6-3 win over Syracuse on Wednesday at Ricoh Coliseum. From 2006 to 2008 he played in 93 games for the Maple Leafs registering 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points along with 36 minutes in penalties.
Stars' Avery Clears Waivers
Sean Avery cleared waivers Monday, and the next step for the Stars is to find a team for the left wing to start playing again, according to an Associated Press report. Stars spokesman Rob Scichili said Avery cleared waivers, but the team was still working out the details of where Avery would go now. The Stars have already said he won?t play again for them.
Stars Place Avery On Waivers
The Stars placed Sean Avery on waivers Saturday, moving him one step closer toward a possible return to the NHL. A league person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Avery has completed a counseling program under the NHL/NHLPA behavioral health program and was placed on Dallas? active roster. The Stars then placed Avery on waivers. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced.
Blues Place Legace On Waivers
The Blues placed goalie Manny Legace on waivers Friday. Legace will now wait to be claimed by another team, or resume his career with the team's minor-league affiliate in Peoria. "It's extremely tough," Legace said. "You play your heart out for a team, and the minute you hit a little bit of a rough patch, they dump on you. It was very hard to hear."