Friday, February 12, 2016

Canadiens claim Blair Betts

Blair Betts has been claimed by the Montreal Canadiens on waivers.

Canadiens claim Blair Betts


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.

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Walker, 31, was praised for a strong training camp after missing nearly all of last season with three different surgeries. He has cleared waivers before and his $1.7 million salary, with 2 years remaining, made him a tough sell for teams as a depth defenseman.

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