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Devils waive Kalinin

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NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 22: Sergey Kalinin #51 of the New Jersey Devils is shaken up after a first period hit during the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center on December 22, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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New Jersey forward Sergey Kalinin, in his second season with the club since coming over from Russia, has been placed on waivers, the club announced on Friday.

Kalinin, 25, played in 43 games this year, scoring two goals and four points while averaging just under 13 minutes per night. That included 12:03 in the Devils’ last game, a 3-0 home loss to Ottawa on Thursday.

It’s fair to suggest New Jersey brass was looking for more from Kalinin in his second NHL season, considering he had reasonable success in is first. He appeared in 78 games last year -- scoring eight goals and 15 points -- and was rewarded with a one-year, $800,000 extension in July.

Per, today’s move could open up a spot at center for either Joseph Blandisi or Blake Coleman. Coleman, New Jersey’s third-round pick in 2011, has enjoyed a good year in AHL Albany with 17 goals and 32 points through 44 games.