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Predators claim Boychuk off waivers from Penguins

Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 12:30 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Zach Boychuk is on the move again.

Boychuk was claimed off waivers by the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, the second time that's happened to him this season. The Pittsburgh Penguins had claimed him from the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 31.

The Predators, who claimed Bobby Butler off waivers from the New Jersey Devils on Monday, also placed forward Brandon Yip on injured reserve.

Boychuk is on a two-way contract worth $625,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the American Hockey League level.

The 23-year-old forward has been held scoreless in eight games with the Penguins and Hurricanes this season. In 80 career NHL games, the 14th pick in the 2008 NHL Draft has seven goals and 18 points.

Boychuk started the 2012-13 season with the Charlotte Checkers, the Hurricanes' AHL team, where he had 16 goals and 32 points in 37 games.

Boychuk was a member of back-to-back Canadian World Junior Championship-winning teams in 2008 and 2009. He was teammates with current Predators forward Matt Halischuk on the 2008 team and defenseman Ryan Ellis on the 2009 team.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round