The Boston Bruins have claimed defenseman Corey Potter off of waivers from the Edmonton Oilers.

Potter was drafted 122nd overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers, and after taking five years to get his first NHL appearance, he has moved around a bit. He was signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 16, 2010, but after just one game, he found himself in Edmonton.

Rarely used by the Oilers, Potter’s $800,000 salary will give Boston a cheap option on the blue line. He currently sits ninth on the Bruins salary cap and will likely see lots of ice time in the AHL with the Providence Bruins, but don’t count him out to see some action at some point again in the NHL this season.

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A day after the Ottawa Senators made headlines by placing prized young forward Cory Conacher on waivers, the Buffalo Sabres continued their rebuild by claiming him on Wednesday.

Conacher was acquired by Ottawa less than a year ago in a trade with Tampa Bay for goalie Ben Bishop. The deal was considered one of the worst in recent history due to the high amount of potential the former Burlington Cougars star contained, only to send him away for an unproven backup goaltender. What they didn’t know was that Bishop would actually turn out to be one of the NHL’s top goaltenders in the league, ranking among the league leaders in shutouts (four), wins (29), GAA (2.05) and save percentage (.932).

While Conacher hasn’t lived up to expectations yet, he still had 20 points in 59 games with the Senators this year. With the lack of offensive depth in Buffalo, expect Conacher to play a big role with the team in the next few years.

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The  Edmonton Oilers have signed Ben Scrivens to a two year contract worth just $2. 3M per season.

Scrivens, who allowed three goals on 21 shots in most recent start on Friday against Minnesota,  has a 10-9-4 record with a fantastic 2.02 goals-against average and .934 save percentage. The former Toronto Maple Leafs prospect was acquired by the Oilers back in January from the LA Kings in return for a 2014 third round pick, just minutes after Edmonton sent Devan Dubnyk to Nashville. (Dubnyk, who was highly criticized or his inconsistent play, was placed on waivers today with the return of Pekka Rinne looming shortly).

On January 29, 2014, Scrivens set the NHL record for most saves by a goaltender in a regular season shutout, stopping 59 shots against the San Jose Sharks during 60 minutes game time before leading the Oilers to the 3-0 victory.

In other Edmonton news, Philip Larsen has been placed on waivers. Prior to the NHL free agency period last season, Larsen was traded, along with a draft pick, by the Dallas Stars to the Oilers in exchange for Shawn Horcoff. He currently has six points in 17 games with the Oilers, as well as an additional seven points in seven games with the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have claimed Corey Tropp off of waivers.

Tropp was originally drafted in the 3rd round (89th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, but wouldn’t see action with the team until 2011. In a pre-season game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on September 22, 2013, Tropp was apart of the infamous line brawl and was knocked out by Maple Leafs’ forward Jamie Devane, resulting in a broken jaw and a mild concussion. Tropp would miss the start of the season, and has only posted one assist in nine games so far this year. During his short tenure with the Sabres, Tropp managed to put up three goals and eight points in 35 games, but with Matt D’Agostini recently getting claimed by the club, there was no more room for the checking grinder.

Prior to his professional career, Tropp spent time with Michigan State University, but his contributions to the club would unfortunately be undermined by a dangerous attack in 2009. Along with teammate Andrew Conboy, who has a reputation for being unable to control his temper, he brutally attacked Michigan Wolverines defenseman Steve Kampfer, in an on-ice incident where Conboy appeared to check Kampfer from behind and Tropp appeared to slash Kampfer in the neck. Both players were suspended by Spartans head coach Rick Comley for the remainder of the season.

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The Buffalo Sabres have claimed forward Matt D’Agostini off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

D’ags, as fans like to call him, split last season playing for the St. Louis Blues and the New Jersey Devils, tallying three goals and six points in 29 games. Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the sixth round of the 2005 NHL Draft, D’agostini played in eight games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14, recording an assist and four penalty minutes.

Before starting his NHL career, D’Agostini posted a couple of high-scoring seasons in the American Hockey League with the Hamilton Bulldogs in ’06-07 and ’07-08, surpassing the 20-goal mark both years. In ’06-07, D’Agostini had 13 points in 22 postseason games while helping Hamilton win the Calder Cup championship.

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The Edmonton Oilers have claimed forward Steve McIntyre off of waivers from Pittsburgh.

On May 22, 2003, Stevie Mac, Undrafted, was signed by the New York Rangers, after playing two seasons as the most feared fighter in the UHL. He would spend the next two years within the Rangers’ minor league affiliates, the Hartford Wolf Pack and the Charlotte Checkers, before having brief stints playing for the Quad City Mallards and the Providence Bruins, in 2006–07 and 2007–08, respectively.

On July 3, 2008, he signed as a free agent with the Florida Panthers, having never played an NHL game in a Rangers uniform. This would turn out to be MacIntyre’s first stint in Florida (before returning in 2009). He was assigned to their minor league affiliates, the Rochester Americans on waivers, on September 28, 2008. He was picked up on waivers by the Edmonton Oilers two days later, on September 30. In 2010, the Panthers re-acquired MacIntyre via waivers, only to sign with Edmonton before the 2010-2011 season.

The forward most recently played with the Pittsburgh Penguins American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, recording 70 PIM in 29 games last year. He didn’t manage to post a single point throughout the year.

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The Colorado Avalanche have claimed Marc-Andre Cliche off waivers from the LA Kings.

Cliche posted 10 goals, 10 assists and 46 penalty minutes in 57 games last season with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs. Minus one game with the Kings  during the 2009-10 campaign, Cliche has spent all six years of his professional career with Manchester. 

Cliche was drafted in the second round, 56th overall, by the New York Rangers in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Before even playing an NHL game, Cliche was traded by the Rangers to the Los Angeles Kings along with Jason Ward and Jan Marek for Sean Avery and John Seymour.

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With only a day until free agency opens up, a couple teams have made last-ditch efforts to clear up some cap space prior to today’s buyout deadline.

 

Grabovski was scheduled to count $5.5 million against the cap through the 2016-17 season and is coming off a nine-goal, 16-point campaign in 2013. Grabovski had a tough regular season before showing some improved play in the postseason, improving his physical play against guys like Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara.

Bélanger had a disappointing season with the Oilers, recording no goals and three assists in 26 games with the club. His cap hit was set for $1,750,000 next season.

In Hedberg’s case, there was truly no room for the aging goaltender, who had been cast out in favor of Cory Schneider, who the club just traded for last week. The 40-year-old was set to make $1.4 million next season.

The Preds waived Gill on Tuesday because they felt he didn’t on the roster after the selection of defenseman Seth Jones with the No. 4 overall pick. Still a big, reliable defenseman, Gill adds some depth to a weak defensive market when the doors open up on Friday.

The 33-year old Zanon had six assists, 28 penalty minutes and a minus-16 rating in 44 games this season. The Colorado Avalanche had placed him on waivers on Tuesday, however he also went unclaimed.

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The Washington Capitals are putting an end to Jeff Schultz’s time there.

 

Schultz was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the first round, 27th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft as one of the Capitals’ three first-round picks that year. Schultz made his NHL debut for the Capitals on December 22, 2006 against the New Jersey Devils. He played four games with Washington before being returned to Hershey. At the end of the season Schultz had played in 38 games with the Capitals. At the end of the 2009–10 season, Schultz led the NHL in the +/- statistical category with a +50 rating, becoming the first player from Washington to win the NHL Plus/Minus Award.

GM George McPhee previously admitted he was trying to trade Schultz but clearly didn’t get enough of an offer to actually move him. Schultz has one year and $3 million left on his contract, and the Capitals will save $2.75 million on their cap if they buy him out. Schultz played in just 26 games in 2013 and wasn’t used in the playoffs.

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The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed goaltender Joey MacDonald to a one-year, one-way contract with a base salary of $925,000 .

MacDonald, a native of Pictou, Nova Scotia, has played 18 games this year with Calgary recording a 7-7-1 record, a 2.91 GAA and a .900 save percentage. MacDonald was originally acquired by the Flames on February 11th of this year, off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings. MacDonald  has played 119 career NHL games with the Flames, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Detroit Red Wings. He has a career record of 38-55-0-14 along with a .a .903% save percentage and 3.02 GAA., mainly with the Islanders (49 games played in 2008-2009) and the Red Wings (two stints ranging three seasons).

An accomplished goalkeeper at lower levels, MacD has the ability to step up at the highest level and perform solidly in short stints. During his stint with the Red Wings in 2012, MacDonald went on a great tear, forcing Detroit to place Ty Conklin on waivers. Strong positionally, “big Mac” has put up decent numbers in a backup role, and has always been a cheap, reliable option of team’s looking for goaltending. Calgary may be able to use his services as a backup while the Flames have Miikka Kiprusoff on the injured reserve, but his future with the club when Kipper returns is unknown. The Flames already have decent depth in Leland Irving and Danny Taylor with AHL All-Star Barry Brust sitting in Abbotsford without an NHL contract, so MacDonald may not have a place on the Flames, or Heat, in the near future.

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Recently picked up off waiver by Winnipeg Jets
Recently picked up off waivers by Winnipeg Jets

 

The Winnipeg Jets have claimed Florida Panthers center Mike Santorelli off waivers. 

This is a solid depth move made by the Jets as they have been linked to several rumors regarding their current 4th line center, Alex Burmistrov.

This will be Santorelli’s third destination in 5 years after getting drafted by the Nashville Predators in the 6th round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. His career high in points is 41 in 82 games played during the 2010-11 season where he potted 20 goals while adding 21 assists.

This is a low risk, high-reward scenario for the Jets as Santorelli’s contract expires at the end of this year (upcoming UFA). If he can produce for the Jets like he did for the Panthers in 2010-11, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will look like a genius.

 

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The Philadelphia Flyers have claimed forward Adam Hall off of waivers from Tampa Bay, a day after being traded back to Tampa from Carolina.

A second round selection of the Nashville Predators in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Hall has played for the New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins in addition to the Predators.

He played his first NHL game for the Nashville Predators in 2001–02 after graduating from Michigan State. He scored 16 goals and 12 assists in 2002–03, his rookie season. After four seasons with the Predators, he was dealt to the New York Rangers in exchange for Dominic Moore prior to the 2006–07 NHL season. Hall played only half a season on Broadway, and was dealt to the Minnesota Wild forPascal Dupuis in February 2007.

On October 1, 2007 he signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins and contributed during the Penguins run to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals. where they lost in six games to the Detroit Red Wings. He left the Penguins following the season, signing a three-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning worth $1.8-million.Hall spent most of the 2009/2010 season with the Lightning’s AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals. Under Guy Boucher, Hall played in all 82 games with the Lightning last season, recording seven goals and 18 points. He led the Lightning in face-off percentage with 55 percent and ranked fourth overall with 360 face-offs won. Hall also led the team with 152 hits and was third among forwards with 59 blocked shots. He was Tampa Bay’s nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy after battling his way back to the NHL in 2010-11. He was one of four Bolts to play in all 82 games. The 30-year-old veteran also played in all 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Lightning as they made it to within one game of the Stanley Cup Final. He recorded a goal and five points during the postseason. On the 29th of June, Hall was re-signed to a one-year, one-way contract.
Not a prolific goal scorer like former teammate Steven Stamkos, Hall has registered only 65 goals and 147 points in 585 matches. In twenty games this season, Hall has failed to record a goal, so he will most likely stick on the fourth line of the Hurricanes for the remainder of the season.
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The Boston Bruins have claimed Kaspars Daugavins of waivers from Ottawa.

After multiple years in the OHL, Daugavins spent the 2009–10 season in Binghamton, as Daugaviņš appeared in 72 games, scoring 21 goals and 46 points, however, the club failed to reach the playoffs. Daugaviņš also made his NHL debut in the 2009–10 season, appearing in one game with Ottawa. He played with the NHL club on January 14, 2010 against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, going pointless in 8:26 of ice time, as the Senators shutout the Rangers 2–0.

Daugaviņš returned to the AHL for the 2010–11 season, appearing in 74 games, scoring 19 goals and 54 points to finish fourth in team scoring, and helping Binghamton to the playoffs. In 23 playoff games, Daugaviņš had 10 goals and 20 points, as Binghamton won the 2011 Calder Cup, defeating the Houston Aeros in six games in the Calder Cup finals.

Daugaviņš scored his first ever NHL goal on October 30, 2011, beating Jonas Gustavsson of the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 3–2 Ottawa victory. Since then, Daugavins had become a regular winger with Ottawa. Daugavins finished the season appearing in 65 games, recording 5 goals and 6 assists. Daugavins is most famous for his shootout attempt earlier in March against the Bruins, when, with the puck on his stick, he pulled off a spin-o-rama on Tuukka Rask, who made a nice pad save to help lead the Bruins to victory.

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Not long after getting claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators, Zach Boychuk has been claimed back by the Carolina Hurricanes off waivers.

Boychuk was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, 14th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. After attending the Hurricanes’ prospect camp in July that year, he went into surgery for his left wrist, which he had injured during the 2008 WHL playoffs.He was cleared to play during the 2008–09 NHL preseason and on October 4, 2008, the Hurricanes signed him to a three-year, entry level contract.

He made his NHL debut against the Los Angeles Kings on October 17, 2008 becoming the first Hurricanes player since Eric Staal in 2003 to make his NHL debut in his draft year. He was returned to Lethbridge after appearing in two NHL games. Upon being sent down, Boychuk completed his fourth season of WHL hockey by registering 57 points (28g, 29a) in 43 regular-season games and leading the team with 13 points (7g, 6a) in 11 playoff contests.

He shared the Harry Ingarfield Memorial Award as Lethbridge’s team MVP and won the team’s plus/minus award. He was an assistant captain for Team Canada in the 2009 U-20 World Junior Championship in Ottawa, his second WJC, and helped Canada win the gold medal for the second straight year.
He registered his first NHL goal on February 13, 2010 against the New Jersey Devils. It was the opening goal of the game and scored against goaltender Martin Brodeur at the 16:47 mark of the first period. Assisted by Brandon Sutter, and Brett Carson. On December 29, 2010 he had his first multi-goal NHL game, with two goals, against the Ottawa Senators.

After signing a deal with the Hurricanes on July 24th, 2012, Boychuk started the season with the AHL affiliate of the Hurricanes, the Checkers, where he recorded 32 points in 37 games. Since the season, he has been on waivers multiple times, getting claimed by the Penguins and Predators before getting reclaimed by the Hurricanes.

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Just a day after signing with the Pittsbugh Penguins, Tom Kostopoulos has been claimed off waivers by the New Jersey Devils.

Kostopoulos was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Before that he played junior hockey with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. He made his professional minor-league hockey debut with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League. Kostopoulos made his NHL debut with the Penguins in the 2001-02 season and enjoyed his best season so far with Pittsburgh in 2003-04. During the 2005 off season, he played with the Manchester Monarchs, having signed a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Kings and after a few seasons there he signed with the Montreal Canadiens during the 2007 off-season. Kosto was suspened twice during his career with the Habs, first hitting defenseman Mike van Ryn from behind and later breaking Brad Stuart’s jaw.

After Montreal, he went on to spend time with both the Calgary Flams and Carolina Hurricanes, mainly in a grinder role. He has appeared in 615 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Montreal, Carolina and Calgary, totaling 60 goals, 96 assists and 705 penalty minutes. Joining the Penguins for the second time, Kostopoulos is Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s all-time leader in games played (318), goals (97), assists (149) and points (246).

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The Nashville Predators have claimed Bobby Butler off waivers from the New Jersey Devils.

On March 29, 2010, the undrafted Butler signed a two year contract with the Ottawa Senators. He made his NHL debut with Ottawa on April 1 in a 4-3 shootout win against the Carolina Hurricanes. After attending the 2010 training camp, Butler was assigned to the Binghamton Senators.

On July 14, 2011, he was rewarded for his solid 2010-11 season, which saw him record 21 points with Ottawa as well as a Calder Cup championship with the Baby Sens, with a two-year, one-way contract with the Ottawa Senators. However, Butler responded with a much poorer 2011-12 season than expected, registering only 6 goals and 16 points in 56 games. As a result, in July of 2012 the Senators placed Butler on waivers with the intent of buying out his contract. On July 27, 2012, the Senators announced that his contract had been bought out, making Butler a free agent.

In 94 career games, Butler has 16 goals and 37 points, mainly in a depth role. He will likely travel between the Predators bottom six and the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville’s AHL affiliate.

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A day after losing Aaron Volpatti via waivers from Washington, the Vancouver Canucks have claimed tough guy Tom Sestito from the Philadelphia Flyers.

Sestito was drafted 85th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Drafted from the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, he showed some scoring potential, potting 42 goals in the 2006–07 season with the Whalers. After playing in thirteen games over three seasons with the Blue Jackets, Sestito was traded by Columbus to the  Flyers in exchange for forwards Greg Moore and Michael Chaput.

On September 27, 2011, the Flyers placed him on waivers with the intention of having him play for their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. He went unclaimed, and would spend all but 14 games (NHL) with the Phantoms, recording 17 points in 34 games. On October 8, 2012 he signed for EIHL team Sheffield Steelers on a temporary contract during the 2012–13 NHL lockout

His potential of being a goal scorer in the NHL never panned out. In 34 career NHL games, he has only posted 4 goals (two in one game earlier this season), as well as 3 assists for only 7 points, but he has sat in the penalty box for 159 minutes.

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The Vancouver Canucks lost fourth-line winger Aaron Volpatti to waivers today, as the Washington Capitals claimed the 27 year old after playing 16 games for the Canucks this year, scoring one goal and collecting 28 PIMs.

After recording a college career-high 32 points over 37 games with the Brown Bears in 2009–10, Volpatti was signed as a free agent by the Canucks on March 22, 2010. After attending his first NHL training camp with the team in September 2010, he was re-assigned to the Moose for the start of the 2010–11 season. He received his first NHL call-up on December 16, and made his NHL debut two nights later in a home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The following season, Volpatti made the Canucks’ roster out of training camp, playing on the fourth line with Maxim Lapierre and Dale Weise. During a game against the Los Angeles Kings in November 2011, Volpatti hurt his shoulder after receiving a hit from opposing defenceman Matt Greene. Playing through the injury, he re-aggravated his shoulder the following month. Diagnosed with a torn left labrum, the injury required surgery that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. During the off-season Volpatti re-signed with the Canucks, signing a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000, and made the club out of training camp thanks to injuries up front. With the return of a couple forwards such as Ryan Kesler, Volpatti found himself on waivers, thus getting placed on waivers.

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When Rick DiPietro signed his record 15-year deal with the New York Islanders in September of 2006, fans were hoping they had a future all-star goaltender on their hands. But on February 22nd, 2013, he was placed on waivers.

Ha. Ha ha. Ha ha ha.

No one could have predicted that DiPietro would spend more time on the IR than on the ice, but he has been limited to 47 games since 2008. His injuries troubles began in March 2007 when he crashed into Montreal forward Steve Begin as he charged to get to a puck at the blue line. DiPietro made a brief return for a few games, but was sidelined again by another concussion that put him out for the rest of the regular season. He did get into some playoff games that spring, all thanks to Wade Dubielewicz’s heroics while Rick was injured.

Since then, his career has gone downhill. Dipietro’s top numbers since 2008 came in 2010-2011, when he took part in 26 games, winning 8 and losing 14. On February 13th of that year, he was listed as day-to-day with the flu, and less than a month later, swelling in his left-knee caused him to be placed on the injured reserve list effective March 2, 2010, and did not return for the rest of the season.

He started the 2010-2011 year apparently healthy and worked in a “platoon” tandem with Dwayne Roloson. On December 21, 2010, he was placed on Injured Reserve due to knee swelling. The next season, he started as the backup to Dwayne Roloson, who was having a stellar year with the Islanders. DiPietro engaged in a rare “goaltender fight” against Pittsburgh’s Brent Johnson in the final seconds of a game against the Penguins on February 2, 2011, but DiPietro went down after Johnson landed a single blow to the face. Two days after the fight it was announced that DiPietro will be out 4–6 weeks with facial fractures and knee swelling.

During practice for the Islanders’ third game, DiPietro took a hard shot to his mask from Brian Rolston, which concussed him and sidelined him indefinitely. DiPietro returned to action in late October, but  shortly after, he injured his groin and was again out indefinitely; he later required surgery to repair a hernia in the area, sidelining him for the remainder of the season.

What a goaltender.

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After missing a lengthly period of time due to injuries, the Colorado Avalanche have claimed Aaron Palushaj off of waivers from Montreal.

Palushaj was drafted 44th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues. Palushaj previously played junior hockey in the USHL with Des Moines Buccaneers before playing two-years of collegiate hockey with the University of Michigan in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. On April 3, 2009, Palushaj signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Blues. Assigned to AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen, for his first professional season he was later traded by the Blues to the Montreal Canadiens for Matt D’Agostini on March 3, 2010. On March 17, 2011, Palushaj dressed for his first game with the Montreal Canadiens, but wouldnt get his first goal until exactly one season later.

Palushaj is known a solid puck possession player when given playing on the first line with the Hamilton Bulldogs, but his scoring touch hasn’t yet translated in to NHL success just yet. His 5 career points dont give the impression that he is going to be an elite NHL goalscorer, but while its likely he will still just be a depth player for the Avalanche, he could surprise given the right situation. For Habs fans, the likelyhood that Mike Blunden and Louis Leblanc will be the usual callups for the remainder of the year is very good.

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