The Maple Leafs have claimed Alexey Marchenko off of waivers from the Red Wings.
Marchenko was a healthy scratch for the last five games and has recorded just six assists in 30 games this season. With Brendan Smith returning to action on Saturday, the Red Wings had to waive a defenseman and Marchenko was the casualty. Marchenko played under Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock in 2014-15.
The Avalanche have claimed Mark Barberio off of waivers from the Canadiens.
Barberio had four assists in 26 games with the Canadiens this season and 31 points (8G / 23A) in 159 career NHL games with the Lightning and Canadiens. Barberio has great underlying numbers and maybe a stop with the lowly Avalanche is what he needs to get a full-time chance.
The Devils have claimed Stefan Noesen off of waivers from Anaheim.
Noesen, 23, was a first round pick in 2011 (21st overall) and has only appeared in 14 NHL games since. Noesen posted two goals in 12 games with the Ducks prior to being waived. The Texas native had 15 points (6G / 9A) in 22 games with San Diego (AHL) before he was called up.
The Maple Leafs have reclaimed Seth Griffith off of waivers from Florida and sent him to Toronto (AHL).
Griffith picked up five assists in 21 games with the Panthers after being claimed from Toronto earlier in the year. The 24-year-old has great hands, but the consensus seems to be that he doesn’t have the speed to be a regular NHLer. Griffith will head to the AHL—he had 77 points (24G / 53A) in 57 AHL games with Providence last season.
The Predators have claimed Brad Hunt off of waivers from St. Louis.
The Predators are without their top two defenseman, P.K. Subban and Roman Josi, so adding Hunt just adds some much-needed depth right now. Hunt played well with the Blues, scoring one goal with four assists (five points) in nine games before being a healthy scratch for three games and ultimately being waived.
The Predators have claimed Derek Grant off of waivers from Buffalo.
Grant has picked up three assists and 19 penalty minutes across 35 games with the Sabres this season. The Sabers will planning to send him to Rochester (AHL), but the Predators have added some depth to their fourth line and sent Frederik Gauthier to Milwaukee (AHL).
The Maple Leafs have claimed Curtis McElhinney off of waivers from Columbus.
McElhinney has gone 2-1-2 with a 2.39 GAA and .924 SV% in just seven appearances (five starts) this season, but had one of the worst seasons of his career a year ago and has a sub-par career .905 SV%. The Maple Leafs clearly wanted Antoine Bibeau in the AHL and the veteran McElhinney is a low-cost option to backup Frederik Andersen, who will see the vast majority of starts in the second half.
The Canucks have claimed Reid Boucher off of waivers from New Jersey.
A day after being re-claimed off of waivers from Nashville, the Devils placed Boucher on waivers again and now he’s found a job in western Canada with the Canucks. The former fourth round pick (2011) had 62 goals and 33 assists (95 points) in 68 games in his final year in the OHL and had 32 points (19G / 13A) in 34 AHL games last season, showcasing his offensive ability, but he now needs to find that game at the highest level.
The Hurricanes have claimed Ty Rattie off of waivers from St. Louis.
Rattie has only appeared in four games with the Blues this season, failing to record a point while averaging just 7:20 TOI. The Blues were obviously hoping he’d fall to the AHL to get some playing time, but the Hurricanes had other ideas. Rattie was the No.32 pick in 2011, but has only managed to put up eight points (4G / 4A) in 30 career NHL games despite putting up excellent numbers in the WHL and the AHL after being drafted.
The Coyotes have claimed Alex Burmistrov off of waivers from Winnipeg.
Burmistrov has been sidelined since December 6th, but is ready to return from injury, but it will be in a different uniform. Burmistrov has just two assists in 23 games this season after picking up 21 points (7G / 14A) in 81 games last year.
The Devils have claimed Reid Boucher off of waivers from Nashville.
Boucher started the year with the Devils, where he collected two assists in nine games before being put on waivers and being claimed by Nashville on December 3rd. He only appeared in three games with the Predators and recorded one goal. He returns to New Jersey, where he has 11 goals and 18 assists (20 points) in 82 games.
The Islanders have placed Jaroslav Halak on waivers.
The Islanders came into 2016-17 with three goalies on the roster and after a superb performance at the World Cup of hockey, Halak struggled in the Isles’ crease. The 31-year-old made 20 starts and went 6-8-5 with a 3.23 GAA and .904 SV%. It was a big drop-off from his numbers over the last two seasons in Brooklyn and has landed him on waivers. A team in-need of help in net like Ottawa or Los Angeles may claim him, but his $4.5M cap-hit may scare some teams off. We could see Halak heading to Bridgeport (AHL) at this time tomorrow.