Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom cleared waivers Saturday and will be sent to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League, according to multiple reports.
Markstrom was placed on waivers Friday. NHL teams had until noon ET Saturday to put in a claim on Markstrom, who has one year remaining on his contract, which has a $1.2 million salary-cap charge. His salary for this season is $1.4 million, according to CapGeek.com.
The Canucks acquired Markstrom from the Florida Panthers in the Roberto Luongo trade last season. Vancouver signed Ryan Miller to a three-year, $18 million contract on July 1 and has Eddie Lack, who is on a one-way contract that carries a cap charge of $1.15 million.
"This was Byfuglien's not going, Kane's not going, they deserve an opportunity to play there with people they might play in the National Hockey League with," coach Paul Maurice said, according to the newspaper. "I'm looking forward to it. I've enjoyed their play. Nik and Adam… I like what they do out there."
"You want to get back out there and you're hoping you can get in [a game] sooner or later, but you don't want to put yourself in a position where you're going to be getting hurt," Lucic told the Bruins website Friday. "But again, we'll reassess it tonight and tomorrow morning and see where I'm at, and hopefully I can get into a game sooner [rather] than later."
Bishop hasn't seen game action since he dislocated his elbow April 8 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, which caused him to miss the rest of the season. The Lightning were swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Bishop had surgery in late April to repair a torn ligament in his wrist, an injury sustained earlier in the season.
"I just want to get back into rhythm," Bishop told the Lightning website. "You want to start feeling the rushes and adjust to a real game."
Vanek played and scored a goal Thursday in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Yeo said he got bumped in the game, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and was too sore to practice Friday. He's unlikely to play Saturday in a preseason game against the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center.
The nature of Ballard's injury wasn't immediately known, but he is unlikely to play Saturday.
That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.
— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3