Waiver Wire

As reported on TSN.ca;

The Columbus Blue Jackets claimed defenceman Ron Hainsey from the Montreal Canadiens on re-entry waivers, plucking away their first-round pick from the 2000 Entry Draft.

The Canadiens recalled Hainsey from the minors, but he had to clear re-entry waivers by noon on Tuesday in order to play for Montreal.

Because he’s on a contract that pays him $550,000, and he’s a young player with potential, it was very possible Hainsey could be picked up by another team. The Habs are on the hook for half of his salary and it will count against Montreal’s cap.

In other moves, the St. Louis Blues claimed forward Simon Gamache from the Nashville Predators, while the New York Rangers claimed forward Colton Orr from the Boston Bruins.

Boston’s Shawn McEachern has cleared waivers.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have put netminder Jocelyn Thibault on waivers as have the Florida Panthers with Kristian Huselius and the Chicago Blackhawks with Mikhail Yakubov.