Sean Avery has been claimed by the NY Rangers. No surprises there.

Miro Satan PIT, Gary Roberts TBL, Brendan Morrison ANA, Aaron Voros NYR, Eric Reitz NYR, Eric Perrin ATL, Craig Adams CHI, Peter Olvecky MIN, Jon Sim NYI, and Brendan Bell OTT have all been waived this afternoon according to TSN.

Martin Gerber has been placed on re-entry waivers.

Lawrence Nycholat has been claimed by Calgary.

Satan being waived means that they could not find a trade partner for him and it also means that they are clearing roster space. They have now waived Thomas and Satan which means they must be bringing in players…

—The rest of these are dumping useless/overpaid players. Morrison, Roberts, and Perrin are likely to find homes.

Minnesota Wild

Niklas Backstrom has re-signed with the Wild for 4 years at $6 million per season.

—A little pricey for a 31 year old goaltender. He has been one of the best in the league the past couple of seasons, due to a combination of talent and great defense.