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NHL Moves: Canucks claim defenceman Mike Weaver off NHL waivers

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The Vancouver Canucks claimed defenceman Mike Weaver off waivers and assigned centre Mario Bliznak to the WHL's Vancouver Giants on Tuesday.

Weaver, 29, had three goals and six assists for nine points in 39 games with the Los Angeles Kings last season. The Brampton, Ont., native has 24 points (3-21) and 60 penalty minutes in 149 regular-season games the last five years.

Bliznak, 20, was part of the Giants' Memorial Cup championship team last season when he had 22 points (8-14) in 47 regular-season games for the Giants. Bliznak added 12 points (6-6) in 22 WHL playoff games and six points (1-5) at the Memorial Cup. The Slovakian was selected by the Canucks in the seventh round, 205th overall, of the 2005 entry draft.

In other NHL moves on Tuesday:

-The Toronto Maple Leafs assigned goaltender Scott Clemmensen, defenceman Jay Harrison and forwards Simon Gamache, Ben Ondrus, Tony Salmelainen and Jeremy Williams to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.

-The Dallas Stars assigned right-winger Junior Lessard to the Iowa Stars of the AHL after he cleared waivers.

-The Philadelphia Flyers assigned defenceman Alexandre Picard and forwards Boyd Kane, Ryan Potulny and Stefan Ruzicka to the Philadelphia Phantoms. The Flyers also assigned Denis Gauthier to the AHL farm after the veteran defenceman cleared waivers.

-Columbus Blue Jackets placed defenceman Adam Foote (hamstring), left-winger Fredrik Modin (back spasms) and centre Michael Peca (groin) on injured reserve to reduce the roster to the 23-man limit. Each is eligible to be activated at any time.

-New Jersey Devils claimed defenceman Sheldon Brookbank off waivers from Columbus.

-Edmonton Oilers named Ethan Moreau captain.

-Minnesota Wild forward Pavol Demitra will serve as team captain for the month of October. The Wild rotate the captaincy on a monthly basis.

The Wild also assigned defenceman Erik Reitz to the Houston Aeros of the AHL.

- Buffalo named Jochen Hecht captain for October. Like the Wild, the Sabres will move the "C" around once a month.

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