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Connolly clears waivers; Rielly going back to junior

Jan 18, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

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Nobody wanted Tim Connolly for free. Perhaps they’re hoping to get him at a discount?

Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Connolly has cleared waivers.

It’s possible the Maple Leafs will try to trade the 31-year-old center while offering to retain part of his salary and cap hit (up to 50 percent, per the new CBA) as an inducement.

For now though, Connolly will report to the AHL Marlies.

Connolly had a disappointing 36 points in 70 games last season; however, he didn’t get near the amount of power-play time in Toronto as he did in Buffalo, where he put up 65 points for the Sabres in 2009-10.

Connolly is in the final year of his contract, with a salary of $4 million and cap hit of $4.75 million.

In other Leafs news, 18-year-old defenseman Morgan Rielly, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft, has been sent back to WHL Moose Jaw.

  1. youcallthathockeyblog - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Very happy to see Reilly sent back. Very raw talent. Going to be huge down the road. Toronto finally smartening upwith their youth. Had Luke Schenn been given more time he wouldn’t be a Flyer.

  2. jaybird22seven - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Please get rid of Komaserik !!!

  3. bradkaz96 - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Sabres Fan here, we all laughed when Toronto gave Tim the contract they did. Not because of his talent but because of the head injuries. He can be an amazing player but after the back to back concussions he has had a hard time playing the way he used to play.

    All the talent in the world when hes truly healthy, I wish him the best I hope Toronto moves him and hes not stuck in the minors.

  4. tuberippin - Jan 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Isles could use a third-line center and Connolly is a former Islander…but he can’t ever stay healthy so it’s probably not a great bet.

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