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Ducks’ Heatley clears waivers (Updated)


Anaheim Ducks forward, Dany Heatley, who was placed on waivers by the club Monday, has cleared.


The 33-year-old has appeared in six games for the Ducks this season in which he’s failed to register a point while carrying a minus-3 rating.

In 869 career NHL games with the Ducks, Wild, Sharks, Senators and Thrashers Heatley has 372 goals, 791 points and 620 penalty minutes.

Originally the the second overall selection at the 2000 NHL Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers, Heatley won the Calder Trophy has the league’s top rookie following the 2001-02 season where he scored 26 goals and 67 points in 82 games with Atlanta.

With the exception of a two-game conditioning assignment this season, Heatley has never played in the AHL.

Heatley is on a one-year, $1 million contract this season and becomes an unrestricted free agent in July.

Steve Pinizzotto remains with the Oilers and participated in the team’s morning skate today.

The Buffalo Sabres have assigned goaltender Matt Hackett to the Rochester Americans.

With Magnus Paajarvi clearing waivers, St. Louis is expected to recall a forward from the Chicago Wolves. Paajarvi has been assigned to the AHL club. Chris Porter was placed on IR today. St. Louis currently has 21 players on its’ active roster.

Oilers claim Fraser off waivers from Bruins

Ottawa Senators v Boston Bruins

The Edmonton Oilers made an interesting move on Monday, claiming Boston forward Matt Fraser off waivers.

In a related move, the Oilers then waived forward Steve Pinizzotto.

Fraser, 24, is an Alberta native that has 27 games of NHL experience with the Stars and Bruins. He’s perhaps best known 1) being part of the Tyler Seguin trade, and 2) scoring the OT winner in his playoff debut last spring, helping the B’s beat the Habs in Game 4 of their second-round series.

Fraser has struggled to find his form this season, though, scoring just three goals in 24 games while averaging 10:31 TOI per night.

It’ll be interesting to see if Fraser can find his niche in Edmonton. A quality scorer in junior at at the AHL level — he had 37 goals in 73 games for AHL Texas in 2011-12 — Fraser will likely get a good look in Edmonton and is something of a familiar face for new head coach Todd Nelson, who coached against Fraser during his days with AHL Oklahoma City.

Oilers release Westgarth from PTO


For the second straight day an NHL tough guy was released from his camp invite.

On Sunday the Oilers announced that forward Kevin Westgarth had been released.

The news comes after the Blues released Paul Bissonnette on Saturday.

Westgarth, 30, has 169 games on his NHL resume with the LA Kings, Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames.

The Princeton product has collected 266 penalty minutes during his NHL tenure, which according to hockeyfights.com, includes 32 career fights.

Westgarth won a Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012.

Rookies staying in Edmonton

It appears rookie center Leon Draisaitl and defenseman Darnell Nurse are sticking with the big club.

Draisaitl, 18, was Edmonton’s third overall selection in the June NHL Draft.

Nurse, 19, was the Oilers seventh overall pick at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Neither player is old enough to be sent to the AHL.

TSN’s Ryan Rishaug tweeted potential lines for the Oilers heading into the regular season:

Oilers trim roster

Edmonton also announced seven other cuts on Sunday.

Jujhar Khaira, Martin Marincin and Bogdan Yakimov have been assigned to the American Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Barons.

Additionally, Keith Aulie, Anton Lander, Steve Pinizzotto and Tyler Pitlick were placed on waivers with the purpose of assignment to the Barons.

Oilers re-sign depth forward Pinizzotto to one-year deal

Steve Pinizzotto

While the Edmonton Oilers have other work to do this summer, they’re getting started by working on their depth.

The Oilers announced they’ve re-signed forward Steve Pinizzotto to a one-year deal. He played in six games with the big club this season after splitting the season between San Antonio and Oklahoma City in the American Hockey League. He was acquired in a four-player trade with the Florida Panthers in mid-January.

In six games with the Oilers, he had two assists and 15 penalty minutes. He’ll be a candidate to center the fourth line with Edmonton next season.

Pinizzotto has spent the bulk of his career in the AHL, mostly with the Hershey Bears. He made his NHL debut last season with the Vancouver Canucks.

Panthers sign Pinizzotto to one-year, two-way deal

Vancouver Canucks v Dallas Stars

The Panthers have added another center to battle for their fourth line job.

The team announced the signing of former Canucks forward Steve Pinizzotto to a one-year, two-way contract. Last season, he made his NHL debut playing in 12 games for Vancouver and earning zero points but 29 penalty minutes. The former R.I.T. Tiger has earned his way through the ECHL and AHL by playing a grinding, hard-nosed brand of hockey.

With Florida’s top three center spots likely being taken up by Aleksander Barkov, Shawn Matthias, and Marcel Goc he’ll be challenging guys like Drew Shore, Nick Bjugstad, and recently signed Scott Gomez for a spot on the fourth line. With that competition being stiff, it’s possible he’ll wind up back in the AHL.