TSN’s Bob MacKenzie reports the news around the waiver wire. The Florida Panthers placed defenseman Ville Koistinen on re-entry waivers. His cap hit is a meager 1.2 million, which if claimed would be split by both the claiming team and the Panthers. In 17 games with Florida the 27-year-old has one goal and three assists. In 103 career games between his team and Nashville the Finn has 8 goals and 24 assists.
As we predicted yesterday, Jeremy Reich and Michael Leighton cleared waivers.
In other news, the Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues made a minor move. The Blues get Pascal Pelletier while the Blue Jackets receive Brendan Bell and Tomas Kana.
The largest part of the deal seems to be Bell. The 26-year-old defenseman posted 17 points in 21 games with the Blues AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen. The former Leaf draft pick played 53 games last year with the Ottawa Senators and was recently selected by Hockey Canada to represent his country in the Spengler Cup.
Kana has 6 assists with the ECHL Alaska Aces.
In Pelletier, the Blues get a centerman with mild success in the AHL. In 25 games with the Syracuse Crunch, the Blue Jackets AHL affiliate, the 26-year-old posted 16 points. He did play seven games last year with the Chicago Blackhawks in which he was held scoreless.
Seems like a my nothing for your nothing type move, made to spread out the depth within the organization. Time will tell if there was any NHL talent actually exchanged.
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