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Preds’ Boychuk on waivers for third time this season


Today might’ve well been Groundhog Day, with Zack Boychuk playing the role of Bill Murray.

That’s because Boychuk was waived by the Nashville Predators on Wednesday, marking the third time this season he’s been placed on the waiver wire.

Boychuk, 23, started the year with Carolina before being placed on waivers, where he was scooped up by Pittsburgh.

The former WHL Lethbridge sniper spent about a month with the Penguins before he was waived for a second time, this time claimed by the offensively-starved Predators on Mar. 5.

Boychuk got off to a decent start with the Preds, scoring in his debut and chipping in with an assist two games later against Vancouver.

But it recently became apparent he wasn’t going to stick at the NHL level.

Last night, following a 4-3 loss to Columbus, head coach Barry Trotz cryptically alluded to “some guys [that] quite clearly can’t play at this level,” when speaking about his team.

Today, Trotz made it clear he was talking about Boychuk.

“I think Zach has a lot of ability, but we really just didn’t see enough bite in his game to go further right now,” Trotz explained. “He is a project, but I think in time he could play in the league if he makes some of the right adjustments in his game.”

Boychuk would clear waivers tomorrow if he’s not picked up by another team, at which point he’d be off to Nashville’s AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.

Malkin back tonight versus Lightning

Evgeni Malkin

Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin will be back in action tonight when the Penguins host Tampa Bay.

Malkin has been sidelined with a concussion since Feb. 22, but he was skating on his regular line with James Neal and Matt Cooke this morning at practice.

After practice, Pens coach Dan Bylsma said that Malkin — who the club says passed an ImPACT test (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) — has been feeling good for a full week and will be in the lineup.

Of course, while it will be nice to have one of hockey’s most dangerous scorers back, the Penguins have to be more concerned about their defensive play, especially against Steven Stamkos and the NHL’s top offense.

Pittsburgh is coming off a 7-6 overtime win Saturday in Montreal and has surrendered 16 goals in its last three games.

Update: TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the Penguins also put Zack Boychuk on waivers today, possibly to clear a roster space for Malkin’s return.