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Jets claim Clitsome, Habs add Staubitz

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 12:33 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

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Jets claim Clitsome, Habs add Staubitz
Winnipeg has claimed defenseman Grant Clitsome off the waiver wire from Columbus leading to some speculation that another Jets' defenseman could be in play before the 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. Johnny Oduya, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent following the season, is the player being tossed around in various rumors.

Clitsome, who is signed through next season for $1.25 million, had 14 points in 51 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He also had 19 points in 31 games last season after being recalled by the Blue Jackets in January. He was put on waivers Saturday.

Brad Staubitz was also claimed off re-entry waivers by the Canadiens. He played 43 games and didn't register a point with the Wild this season. Staubitz is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the season.

The Devils announced that Eric Boulton cleared waivers. Brian Rolston (Islanders), Ryan Russell (Blue Jackets) and Krys Kolanos (Flames) reportedly cleared as well.

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We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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