Avs claim d-man Bodnarchuk off waivers from Jackets

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Colorado made a minor addition on Tuesday, picking up defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk off waivers from Columbus.

Bodnarchuk, 27, is a well-traveled journeyman that’s spent the majority of his professional career in the AHL.

He broke in with the Bruins, making his NHL debut in the 2009-10 campaign, then jumped from the Kings organization to Columbus, where he got back into a big-league lineup this season (a five-year gap between appearances.)

He’s appeared in 16 games for Columbus, scoring two points while averaging 14:32 TOI per night.

Bodnarchuk does have ties to the Avs organization. He spent three years in the QMJHL (with Halifax), playing against Colorado head coach Patrick Roy who, at the time, was behind the bench for the Quebec Remparts.

What’s more, Bodnarchuk’s coach with the Mooseheads, Cam Russell, was Patrick Roy’s old Avalanche teammate. The two played together during the 1998-99 campaign.

Bodnarchuk could be a temporary depth solution, with defenseman Brad Stuart currently on IR.