Trade deadline day isn't restricted to only trades. Some key players are also changing addresses via the waiver wire on Wednesday.
After signing a one-year contract this summer with the Anaheim Ducks
, Brendan Morrison
never could get untracked in Southern California. He'll get a chance in Texas as the Dallas Stars
claimed the veteran center off re-entry waivers from the Ducks.
Morrison had only 22 points in 62 games with the Ducks this season, but the Stars could use him to fill a void created by injuries to centers Brad Richards
and Toby Petersen
is a skilled veteran who brings valuable experience and character to our team for this playoff push," Stars Co-General Manager Les Jackson said in a statement. "He is a strong competitor who we are excited to add to our group."
Before making any trades, Toronto Maple Leafs
GM Brian Burke
was busy scouring the waiver wire. Burke picked up goaltender Martin Gerber
from the Ottawa Senators
and defenseman Eric Reitz from the New York Rangers
Gerber is key for the Leafs now because No. 1 goalie Vesa Toskala
will be shut down for the rest of the season due to lingering groin and hip problems. He'll have surgery next week, so Gerber, an unrestricted free agent after the season, fills a need until the season ends.
"We've been knowing what's going on for a while,'' Toskala said Wednesday morning. "That's it -- we made the decision together. We need to start healing (it) as soon as possible because recovery might take quite a long time.''
Reitz was traded from Minnesota to the Rangers on Jan. 29 and wasn't going to fit into coach John Tortorella's new system. He is currently out with a foot injury, but should return shortly. Reitz could potentially fill a void for the Leafs as well considering Tomas Kaberle
injured his hand in Tuesday's loss to the New Jersey Devils
and is listed as day-to-day.
GM Ray Shero
confirmed that he picked up forward Craig Adams
off re-entry waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks
. The Penguins subsequently sent forward Bill Thomas
to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.
Adams, 31, was a part-time player for the Hawks this season but adds some veteran depth to the Penguins for their playoff push. He will join the Penguins in Florida for Thursday night's game against the Panthers.
TSN reports that Gary Roberts
(Tampa Bay Lightning
), Aaron Voros
(New York Rangers
) and Miroslav Satan
) all cleared waivers.
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