Mar 20, 2013, 2:12 PM EST
Today might’ve well been Groundhog Day, with Zack Boychuk playing the role of Bill Murray.
That’s because Boychuk was waived by the Nashville Predators on Wednesday, marking the third time this season he’s been placed on the waiver wire.
Boychuk, 23, started the year with Carolina before being placed on waivers, where he was scooped up by Pittsburgh.
The former WHL Lethbridge sniper spent about a month with the Penguins before he was waived for a second time, this time claimed by the offensively-starved Predators on Mar. 5.
Boychuk got off to a decent start with the Preds, scoring in his debut and chipping in with an assist two games later against Vancouver.
But it recently became apparent he wasn’t going to stick at the NHL level.
Last night, following a 4-3 loss to Columbus, head coach Barry Trotz cryptically alluded to “some guys [that] quite clearly can’t play at this level,” when speaking about his team.
Today, Trotz made it clear he was talking about Boychuk.
“I think Zach has a lot of ability, but we really just didn’t see enough bite in his game to go further right now,” Trotz explained. “He is a project, but I think in time he could play in the league if he makes some of the right adjustments in his game.”
Boychuk would clear waivers tomorrow if he’s not picked up by another team, at which point he’d be off to Nashville’s AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.
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Will instead serve in a “player development/consultant role,” and will work out of his Florida home.
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News and notes from around the crease…
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That’s 16 documented cases league-wide.
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Despite four straight losses and the memory of last season.
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“When we were winning games, it seemed those chances against would not go in.”
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Preseason standout now up for grabs.
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“You just have to find a way to be better so it’s not going to be about one call or one bounce.”
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Which will make things interesting for both him and the Blue Jackets.
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Beau Bennett still dealing with effects, Sidney Crosby has “passed the infectious period.”
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Says the move “reaffirms our vision of becoming an elite organization, both at the NHL and AHL levels.”
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Both teams are dealing with some adversity right now.
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“He’s done a tremendous job for us,” Joel Quenneville said.
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Kris Versteeg and Eugene Melnyk play doctor.
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Wednesday’s collection of links.
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The Florida Panthers surpassed Boston in the East standings.
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Patrick Kane gets the winner for Chicago.
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And he hits the 20-goal mark. In 31 games.
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One of these teams had to win.
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It’s going around, as you all know.
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