Blue Jackets claim goaltender Spencer Martin off waivers from Canucks

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Spencer Martin (30). (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Columbus Blue Jackets claimed goaltender Spencer Martin off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks on Friday.

Martin struggled last season, going 11-15-1 with a 3.99 goals-against average and .871 save percentage in 29 games with the Canucks. He also played 16 games with Abbotsford.

The Canucks acquired goalie Casey DeSmith in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens earlier this month and he appears in line to be the backup to Thatcher Demko.

The Blue Jackets had pre-season questions in goal. Elvis Merzlikins (7-18-2, 4.23 goals-against average, .876 save percentage) and Daniil Tarasov (4-11-1, 3.91 GAA, .892 save percentage) were tops on the depth chart.

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