NHL teams wasted little time in trying to clear salary cap space on Saturday as the first day of waivers for the purpose of re-assignment opened up.
New York Rangers veteran defenceman Wade Redden headlined a list of 43 players who were placed on waivers, a list that also included Cristobal Huet of the Chicago Blackhawks and Michael Nylander of the Washington Capitals.
The deadline for teams wanting to put in a claim on any of the waived players is Monday at noon ET. Should a player clear waivers, his team has the option of assigning him to its AHL affiliate and freeing up his salary hit.
In 75 games with the Rangers last season, Redden recorded two goals and 12 assists. He has four years remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $6.5 million per season, but his claim price, which is determined by the age of the player, for any team who picks him up off waivers is $3,375.
Goaltender Huet appeared in 48 regular season games and one playoff game with the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks. He has two years left on his deal at a $5.625 million cap hit.
Nylander, who joined the Capitals in 2007-08, spent most of last season in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins. His contract has one more year at a cap hit of $4.875 million.
Among the Canadian NHL teams, the Calgary Flames placed forward Kris Chucko on waivers while the Vancouver Canucks waived defencemen Nolan Baumgartner and Sean Zimmerman.
Full list: Krog, Jason (ATL); MacIntyre, Drew (ATL); Mannino, Peter (ATL); Sifers, Jaime (ATL); Ross, Jared (ATL); Siklenka, Mike (ATL); McIver, Nathan (BOS); Reich, Jeremy (BOS); Smith, Wyatt (BOS); Blanchard, Nicolas (CAR); Borer, Casey (CAR); Fitzgerald, Zack (CAR); Chucko, Kris (CGY); Huet, Cristobal (CHI); Brophey, Evan (CHI); Taffe, Jeff (CHI); Mauldin, Greg (COL); Walter, Ben (COL); Van Der Gulik, David (COL); Liffiton, David (COL); Macias, Ray (COL); Grahame, John (COL); Bacashihua, Jason (COL); Gagnon, Aaron (DAL); Morin, Travis (DAL); Wathier, Francis (DAL); Fortunus, Maxime (DAL); Lukowich, Brad (DAL); Wilson, Clay (FLA); Fraser, Jamie (MIN); Dupont, Brodie (NYR); Redden, Wade (NYR); Mink, Graham (STL); Reaves, Ryan (STL); Spina, Dave (STL); Evans, Brennan (STL); Arsene, Dean (STL); Cracknell, Adam (STL); Drazenovic, Nicholas (STL); Oystrick, Nathan (STL); Baumgartner, Nolan (VAN); Zimmerman, Sean (VAN); Nylander, Michael (WSH).