Blair Betts has been claimed by the Montreal Canadiens on waivers.
Matt Walker and Oskars Bartulis have cleared waivers.
General manager Paul Holmgren said it was a “tough conversation” to let Betts know he was on the waiver wire. Betts, 31, was an attractive option for teams as a prototypical fourth-line center, faceoff expert and ace penalty killer for a manageable $700,000.
Holmgren said he made a few phone calls to gauge interest in his players before finally putting them on waivers.