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Canadiens place Peter Holland on waivers

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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 29: Peter Holland #13 of the Arizona Coyotes skates with the puck during the second period of the NHL game against the New York Rangers at Gila River Arena on December 29, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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After signing a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens over the summer, Peter Holland finds himself on the waiver wire just before the start of the regular season, a sign that he will not be on the team’s opening night roster as its fourth-line center.

The first year of Holland’s contract is a two-way deal, so this was always a possibility, but he will have to clear waivers before he can report to Laval of the American Hockey League.

It is a little surprising, though, given that Holland was having a strong preseason for the Canadiens.

He spent the 2016-17 season split between the Arizona Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring five goals and recorded 12 total points in 48 games.

The question now is whether or not he will make it through waivers or if somebody else will claim him. Holland might be an intriguing option for a team like the Pittsburgh Penguins that is still looking for some center depth after losing Nick Bonino and Matt Cullen over the summer in free agency. They have not really replaced either player at this point.

Along with Holland, the Canadiens also placed forward Daniel Carr on waivers.