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Jets claim Clitsome off waivers; Canadiens claim Staubitz

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TSN.ca Staff
2/27/2012 4:27:43 PM
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Two Canadian teams have hit the waiver wire for some Deadline Day shopping.

The Montreal Canadiens have claimed forward Brad Staubitz off re-entry waivers from the Minnesota Wild while the Winnipeg Jets have claimed defenceman Grant Clitsome from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Clitsome has scored four goals and added 10 assists in 51 games with the Blue Jackets this season.

"It'll be different for me," Clitsome said. "I've never had that experience throughout my whole career. It'll be a learning experience and I'm really looking forward to it.

"I'm excited. They're in a playoff push and they've got a great team. It's going to be exciting times."

The 26-year-old defenceman has one year left on a two-year deal he signed with Columbus in 2011 worth an average annual value of $1.25 million.

Originally selected in the ninth round (271st overall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Clitsome has scored nine goals and 27 assists in 93 career NHL games.

Head coach Claude Noel said he wasn't expecting Clitsome to dress for Monday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

The 27-year-old Staubitz has posted a minus-7 with no points in 43 games with the Wild this year.

The Wild had been looking to find Staubitz a new home after the 27-year-old forward cleared waivers on February 11.

Staubitz was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by San Jose. He has scored eight goals and 10 assists in 196 career games with the Wild and Sharks.

He is in the final year of a two-year deal he signed with the Wild worth an average annual value of $575,000. The Canadiens will only have to pay half that salary and only half of Staubitz's average annual value will count towards Montreal's salary cap number.

He is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2011-12 season.

The deadline for players claimed off waivers to be eligible for post-season play was Monday at Noon et.

Grant Clitsome (Photo: Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
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