The Blues signed forward Kyle Wellwood to a one-year deal on Monday, but he'll be suiting up for the Sharks instead after San Jose clamed him off waivers.
This is the second time the Blues have tried to sign a player from the KHL, only to have him claimed during the 24 hour waiver period by another NHL club. In late December, the Blues signed forward Marek Svatos, who was claimed by Nashville.
According to Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong, because these players were playing outside of North America in the KHL this season, a league rule states that player must be placed on waivers for 24 hours after being signed by an NHL club.
Before clearing the 11 a.m. CT deadline on Tuesday, the Sharks put in a claim on Wellwood.
San Jose will have to honor the one-year deal Wellwood signed with the Blues.