Canadiens' Byron, Oilers' Turris among players placed on waivers Friday

Watch as Jake Evans sends a nice pass to Paul Byron who scores a shorthanded goal for the Montreal Canadiens.

Montreal Canadiens winger Paul Byron and Edmonton Oilers centre Kyle Turris have both been placed on waivers, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

The move marks the second time this season Byron — a two-time 20-goal scorer — has been placed on waivers with the intent of moving him to the taxi squad. The 31-year-old has four goals and 12 points through 36 games this season.

Turris, 31, was brought in to shore up the Oilers' bottom six but hasn't found his footing in Edmonton, putting up just five points through 25 appearances with the club.

Ottawa's Clark Bishop — who has three points through 12 games with the Senators this season — was also placed on waivers Friday.

Also notable among Friday's waiver news is the situation surrounding Nikita Gusev — the New Jersey Devils forward has been placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of contract termination, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Getting little opportunity to play in New Jersey, and with other teams not biting on a previous pass through waivers, Gusev looks set to move on from the organization and get a shot to sign elsewhere for less than the $4.5-million cap hit he's currently carrying.

Per Johnston, the 28-year-old — who has five points in 20 games this season — is hoping to remain in the NHL, and will be eligible to suit up for the playoffs if he signs before Monday's deadline.

Drake Caggiula, placed on waivers yesterday by the Arizona Coyotes, has been claimed by the Buffalo Sabres, sending the Pickering, Ont., native to his fourth NHL club in five years after stints in Edmonton and Chicago before Arizona.

Caggiula has one goal and seven points through 27 NHL games this season.

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