The Montreal Canadiens claimed centre Glen Metropolit on waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday, sources tell Sportsnet.
Metropolit is known as a dependable penalty-killer.
He has four goals and 14 points this season and is minus-1.
Metropolit is guaranteed $1 million this year and is also guaranteed $1 million for the 2009-10 season.
In response, the Canadiens placed defenceman Doug Janik on waivers. Janik was acquired Thursday from the Dallas Stars in exchange for left winger Steve Begin
The Flyers had placed Metropolit and defenseman Ossi Vaananen on waivers to create salary-cap space for center Danny Briere’s return.
Vaananen was claimed on Friday by the Vancouver Canucks.
On Thursday, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said he hoped both players would go unclaimed.
“Our hope is both players clear waivers and remain part of our organization,” he said. “If both clear waivers, it gives us roster options.”