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Today’s waivers: Zanon, Hunwick, Gill, and Russell

Jul 2, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

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The waiver wire picked up a little bit today and the Colorado Avalanche figured heavily into that.

The Avs placed defensemen Greg Zanon and Matt Hunwick on regular waivers. Both players played heavy minutes for Colorado last season and, eerily enough, both finished the year with no goals and six assists.

With these two going on waivers it makes Colorado’s decision to draft Nathan MacKinnon over Seth Jones a bit more intriguing. In truth, Colorado is likely clearing room for youngsters Stefan Elliott and Tyson Barrie to play more next season.

Elsewhere, Nashville placed 6’7″ defenseman Hal Gill on waivers while St. Louis did the same with Kris Russell. Predators GM David Poile said that by drafting Seth Jones they didn’t have room for Gill next season. Russell, meanwhile, is a restricted free agent so any team could grab his rights to sign him to a new deal.

  1. Woody Bass - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    I know a certain team in Tampa that could use some quality D

  2. vshehane - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Greg Zanon, the toughest guy in the league.

    • jernster21 - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      The only guy to rock a playoff beard without making the playoffs.

    • pastabelly - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Zanon is awful. Why would anyone sign him ahead of Andrew Ference?

  3. philly4lyfe - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    hope the flyers put a claim on gill. need a solid defender like that since they don’t think morin will be ready yo go this year.

    • prosportswashington - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      of course they will: he’s old and be plays on the blueline

  4. westinpat - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Lots of teams could use quality defensemen. Side note, with Hunwick on waivers #22 just became available for MacKinnon to wear.

    • jernster21 - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Yep.

  5. ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    is Zanon really that expendable? from what I saw of his play recently, he’s beastly (like good beastly)

    • jernster21 - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Zanon is absolutely awful. Someone will claim Hunwick, he’s actually not a bad player but we have too many small puck moving defenseman…time to give Barrie and Elliott a real shot at playing everyday.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        true that. maybe I just caught Avs games on his good days. thx for the input.

      • jernster21 - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Zanon is a great team guy, I’ll give him that…puts his body on line every game to block shots and what not…he needs to be paired with someone really good to make him look good…and the Avs are kinda lacking in the “good defenseman” department as it is.

      • polegojim - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        That’s exactly right… small D-man are just not that effective.

        Nice heart and effort, but too easy to muscle through him… watched it many time.

  6. jernster21 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    The Avs’ moves keep getting better and better. Buh bye Zanon and Hunwick.

  7. Habib Marwan - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    good chance the flyers will wind up with hal gill ??? he’s a good fit for them they have always coveted him

    • ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      I’ll say it again, Habib the “Pens fan.” your infatuation with the Flyers is creepy.

      • Habib Marwan - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        i’ll say it again ibieniid, im not a pens fan im a fan of the sport . your obsession of me and my posts is what’s really creepy.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        i’ve said something to you TWICE about your obsession with the Flyers. you comment on just about EVERY flyers article…. and even make some articles that don’t even mention the Flyers have Flyers-based comment sections.

        and stop lying. you’re a Pens fan.

    • vshehane - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      The flyers covet everyone.

  8. pastabelly - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    From the article: Despite continued commitment to primetime games, ratings for Fox Saturday Baseball appear headed for another all-time low after spending five straight weeks getting whipped head-to-head by playoff hockey.

    If hockey were marketed properly (or on ESPN) the whipping would be much bigger.

  9. pastabelly - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Oops, cut and pasted to the wrong pro sports talk forum. The baseball fans were concerned about poor ratings and getting beat by hockey playoffs. Why should that shock anyone on these boards?

    • scalfor3 - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      Probably because watching baseball is like watching paint dry

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