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Waiver Wire Wrap: Saturday’s remaining moves

Mike Cvik, Mike Commodore

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Mike Commodore receives help from official Mike Cvik, center, and a Blue Jackets staff member after being injured in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, in Dallas. Commodore re-entered the game with a few minutes left in the Blue Jackets’ 3-1 loss to the Stars. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


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First, let’s get to the players who were placed on waivers: Goalies highlighted the list, as Ty Conklin (St. Louis), Curtis McElhinney (Tampa Bay) and Pascal Leclaire (Ottawa) were placed on waivers. Other players who were waived include New York Islanders Nathan Lawson and Rob Schremp, Washington Capitals enforcer D.J. King, Brett Carson (Carolina), Tim Stapleton (Atlanta) and Jason Jaffray (Anaheim). (According to two Tweets by Bob McKenzie.)

Notes: It’s not surprising to see the goalie moves, except Conklin. It wouldn’t be shocking if someone picked up the sturdy backup without having to move an asset. Is this a reaction to big Ben Bishop’s shutout?

Next, here is a look at the players who cleared waivers: Kris Newbury (Rangers), Todd Ford (Washington) and Wade Belak (Nashville) cleared regular waivers while estranged Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Mike Commodore cleared re-entry waivers. (Also according to Bob McKenzie.)

Notes: It was a reasonable gamble for Columbus to place Commodore on re-entry waivers, but no one took the bait. So now what?