The Flyers have claimed Mike McKenna off of waivers from the Canucks.
McKenna was acquired from the Senators earlier this week before being placed on waivers in order to send him to Utica (AHL). However, the Flyers goaltending situation has been a disaster this season so McKenna could allow them to return Carter Hart to Lehigh Valley (AHL) to get some playing time. The 35-year-old veteran has a 3.58 GAA and .892 SV% in 34 career NHL games.
The Predators have claimed Phil Di Giuseppe off of waivers from the Hurricanes.
Di Giuseppe has been a healthy scratch for the last four games and has just four points (1G / 3A) in 21 games with the Hurricanes this season. The 25-year-old will be a depth forward for the Predators—he has 14 goals and 27 assists (41 points) in 147 career NHL games.
The Golden Knights have claimed Valentin Zykov off of waivers from the Oilers.
Zykov was originally claimed off of waivers by Edmonton and only appeared in five games before being waived again. The former No.37 overall pick has just three assists in a combined 18 NHL games this season.
The Sabres placed Berglund on unconditional waivers with the intent to terminate his contract.
The Ducks have claimed Chad Johnson off of waivers from the Blues.
Claiming Johnson suggests that Ryan Miller’s lower-body injury is going to cost him a good chunk of time. The Ducks have not provided an update on Miller’s status but expect Johnson to serve as John Gibson’s backup moving forward.
The Bruins have claimed Gemel Smith off of waivers from the Stars.
Smith, 24, was a fourth-round pick in 2012 and has recorded 20 points (11G / 9A) in 77 career NHL games with Dallas. Smith is a good skater who is a good two-way forward that will help solidify the Bruins bottom-6.
The Kings have claimed Brendan Leipsic off of waivers from the Canucks.
Leipsic is the second forward that the Kings have claimed off of waivers in less than a week. Leipsic has bounced around the NHL a little bit but has produced some decent numbers at every stop. In total, he has 30 points (8G / 22A) in 81 career NHL games and should help the Kings top-9 that is lacking talent.
The Kings have claimed Nikita Scherbak off of waivers from the Canadiens.
The Oilers have claimed Valentin Zykov off of waivers from the Hurricanes.
Zykov was a second-round pick (No.37 overall) in 2013 and has accumulated 11 points (4G / 7A) in 25 career NHL games. The 23-year-old has posted outstanding numbers at the AHL level and could be a serviceable fantasy asset if he plays big minutes in the Oilers’ top-6.
The Penguins have claimed Jean-Sebastian Dea off of waivers from the Devils.
Dea broke into the NHL with the Penguins and spent four years in their organization with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). The 24-year-old had just six games of NHL experience before this season but had five points (3G / 2A) in 20 games with the Devils before they waived him.
The Coyotes have claimed Calvin Pickard off of waivers from the Flyers.
The Coyotes are dealing with some goaltending injuries right now with both Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper ailing. Pickard had some ups and downs with the Flyers this season, ultimately posting a 4-2-2 record, 4.01 GAA and .863 SV% in 11 games.
The Jets have claimed Marko Dano off of waivers from Colorado.
The Jets lost Dano on waivers to Colorado earlier this season but just returned the favour this afternoon. Dano did not pick up a point in eight games with the Avalanche and had just three points (2G / 1A) in 23 games with the Jets last season.
The Red Wings have claimed Jacob De La Rose off of waivers from the Canadiens.
The Avalanche have claimed Marko Dano off of waivers from the Jets.
Dano was a first round pick (No.27 overall) in 2013 but had just two goals and one assist in 23 games with the Jets last season. A deep lineup in Winnipeg forced Dano to play a third or fourth line role, but he could get a bigger chance with the Avalanche, who are devoid of middle-6 wingers.
The Sabres have claimed Remi Elie off of waivers from Dallas.
Elie was a second-round pick of the Stars (No.40 overall) in 2013, but has picked up just 21 points (7G / 14A) in 90 career NHL games. Elie hasn’t had a lot of offensive success at the AHL-level either, so he could have a tough time cracking a suddenly deep Sabres lineup.
The Capitals have claimed Dmitrij Jaskin off of waivers from St. Louis.
Jaskin played in a career-high 76 games last season, but scored just six goals and 11 assists (17 points) while averaging just 12:27 TOI/GM. Jaskin does carry an impressive 52.7 CorsiFor% and +2.5 relative Corsi in 266 career games, but has never been the offensive force that he was when he put up 99 points (46G / 53A) in 51 QMJHL games in 2013. Jaskin will fight with Chandler Stephenson and Nathan Walker for playing time in the Capitals’ bottom-6.
The Flyers have claimed Calvin Pickard off of waivers from the Toronto.
Pickard found himself fourth on the goaltending depth chart in Toronto and needed to go through waivers to head back to the Marlies (AHL). With Michal Neuvirth battling injury to start the season, Pickard will likely start the year as Brian Elliott’s backup.
The Hurricanes have claimed Curtis McElhinney off of waivers from Toronto.
McElhinney lost the backup job in Toronto to Garret Sparks, so he was placed on waivers and picked up by the Hurricanes. McElhinney figures to serve as Petr Mrazek’s backup while Scott Darling (lower-body) is out, but will likely find himself back on waivers after that.
The Ducks have claimed Pontus Aberg off of waivers from the Oilers.
Aberg picked up eight points (2G / 6A) in 16 games with the Oilers after being claimed from Nashville. The 25-year-old has registered just 18 points (5G / 13A) in 68 career NHL games. He landed on waivers after the emergence of Ty Rattie and Kailer Yamamoto in training camp and heads to Anaheim, who lost Corey Perry to knee surgery in the preseason.
The Senators have placed Zack Smith on waivers.
Smith has three-years left on his contract, that has a modified no-trade clause. Placing him on waivers may be a way around the no-trade, but Smith is one of the better forwards on a bad Senators team and giving him away for nothing seems counterproductive. The 30-year-old had 19 points (5G / 14A) in 68 games a season ago.