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Habs put Nokelainen on waivers

Mar 14, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens have placed Petteri Nokelainen on waivers, according to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie.

Nokelainen, 27, hasn’t played since last season due to a lingering back issue — but he’s reportedly recovered, hence the move to put him on waivers.

Assuming he clears, Nokelainen will head to AHL Hamilton for a conditioning assignment.

The Finnish center, a former first round pick of the Islanders in 2004, played in 51 games for Montreal last season, scoring 3G-3A-6PTS while averaging 8:35 of ice time per contest.

The Canadiens kept him from going to free agency last summer, signing him to a one-year, $575,000 deal just prior to July 1.

  1. tuberippin - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Petteri has only ever been good for face-offs. Had a lot of potential back in the day when he was a prospect with the Islanders, but he never met that potential at any of his NHL stops. Couldn’t get it done on the Island, nor in Boston, not Anaheim or Phoenix, and now not in Montreal either.

    Seeing Cory Schneider play well for Vancouver makes me wish the Isles had taken him instead of Nokelianen in 2004. Alas, hindsight is 20-20.

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