With the NHL’s trade deadline looming at 3 p.m. ET on Monday, the Blue Jackets have made their first move.
According to multiple reports, forward Rene Bourque was placed on waivers by the club at noon on Sunday. Should he clear waivers at noon ET Monday, the Blue Jackets have some options with their roster, which currently has 22 of its 23 allotted spots occupied.
If unclaimed, they can keep Bourque on the roster and it’s business as usual. They can also trade him if a deal comes about, or, assign him to the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL). Any team that claims Bourque on waivers is responsible for the balance of his salary this season, as he’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
The Blue Jackets assigned defenseman Michael Paliotta to Lake Erie after Saturday’s game in which he made his debut with the team. The Paliotta move brought Columbus down to 22 players, and if Bourque clears or is claimed, they have the ability to reduce that number to 21.
According to the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams are permitted four non-emergency recalls after the trade deadline.
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