With a surplus of defensemen on their roster, the Blue Jackets needed to make a move.
That move came yesterday when they placed Kevin Connauton on waivers. He did not make it through waivers, however, with the Arizona Coyotes claiming him on Wednesday. So now, the Blue Jackets are down to eight defensemen and have an open spot on their 23-player active roster.
Connauton was a healthy scratch on Tuesday night in Brooklyn and had appeared in 27 games for the Blue Jackets this season (one goal, seven assists and a +10 rating). In his first season with Columbus a year ago, the 25-year-old Edmonton native scored nine goals in 54 games after being claimed on waivers from Dallas.