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Hedberg, Belanger, Asham and Powe put on waivers

Jul 4, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

Johan Hedberg #1 of the New Jersey Devils looks on against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on December 6, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Four veteran NHLers were placed on waivers on Thursday.

New Jersey goalie Johan Hedberg — bumped out of the picture after the Devils acquired Cory Schneider at the draft — Edmonton’s Eric Belanger and New York Rangers forwards Arron Asham and Darroll Powe were given notice as teams continue to try and shed salary/cap hits prior to the start of free agency.

Hedberg, 40, has one year remaining on a two-year, $2.8 million deal signed with the Devils on 2012. He has a full no-trade clause, but there was some thought he’d waive it in order to join a new club.

That didn’t materialize, so — assuming Hedberg will go unclaimed and be bought out — he’ll get paid $933,333 over the course of the next two years.

Belanger, 35, is heading into the final year of a three-year, $5.25 million deal signed in 2011. The veteran center had a forgettable 2013 in Edmonton, scoring just three points in 26 games, and his buyout will save the Oilers $1.75 million in cap space.

Asham and Powe were placed on regular waivers — not unconditional — meaning they’re not in line for compliance buyouts. The Rangers had already used one on Wade Redden and will probably hold the other to decide the future of Brad Richards next summer.

  1. Habib Marwan - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Arron Asham is a warrior , but cant ever seem to find a spot to stick for too long… he’s played for every team in the Atlantic Division … I just hope he finds a job somewhere in the NHL … and isnt forced to play in the Minors

  2. drone501 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    i hope he would come back to pittsburgh where he belongs.

  3. DED - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    I think Asham exceeded expectations in the playoffs. He had more goals than Nash (in 2 less games)! Oh well, what can you do? The business of hockey…

    Both Asham and Powe were making $1 million so the cap space the Rangers pick up isn’t going to be much, particularly when you keep in mind that they’ll need someone to fill their spots on the roster.

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