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Milan Michalek, Steve Bernier and Jamie McBain all on waivers

March 15, 2016: Toronto Maple Leafs Right Wing Milan Michalek (18) [3665] in action during the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire)
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Veterans Milan Michalek, Steve Bernier and Jamie McBain were all placed on waivers by their respective clubs on Monday.

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Michalek has appeared in five NHL games this season, scoring one goal and two points during that span, playing on the third line alongside Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov, but he looks to have been replaced by Connor Brown.

A former 30-goal scorer, Michalek has struggled with injuries during the past couple of seasons and played just 45 games for the Senators and Maple Leafs last year. He is in the final year of the three-year, $12 million contract his signed in 2014 whilst with Ottawa.

Since being drafted sixth overall by San Jose in 2003, the 31-year-old has featured in 747 career NHL games for the Sharks, Senators and Maple Leafs, registering 208 goals and 446 points.

Steve Bernier agreed to a new one-year, two-way deal with the Islanders on Monday, with the move to place him on waivers likely a precursor to re-assigning the winger to the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

In 24 games for the Islanders last season, he had one goal and six points, appearing in a further six games during the play-offs.

McBain signed a one-year, $650,000 deal with the Coyotes on July 1, following two seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. He has played in three games for Arizona this season, taking his career total to 348 games with 30 goals and 110 points.

Ottawa Senators forward Phil Varone cleared waivers on Monday. He has one hit and no points or shots on goal in two NHL games for the franchise this season.

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