Canadiens claim Johnathan Kovacevic from waivers

Winnipeg Jets' Johnathan Kovacevic (65) defends against Edmonton Oilers' Luke Esposito (55) as goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) looks on during second period pre-season NHL game action in Winnipeg on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. (John Woods/CP)

The Montreal Canadiens have brought on extra help on the blue line. The Habs claimed defenceman Johnathan Kovacevic off the waiver wire from the Winnipeg Jets.

Kovacevic was on his way to the AHL affiliate Manitoba Moose after being cut from Jets camp, along with rookie Brad Lambert, on Friday.

The 25-year-old played most of last season in the AHL with the Moose scoring 11 goals and 19 assists in 62 games. With the Jets, Kovacevic played four games, picked up two penalty minutes and held a plus-1 differential.

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