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Sven Andrighetto clears waivers for Montreal

March 19, 2016: Montreal Canadiens Winger Sven Andrighetto (42) [9177] skates during the NHL game between the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadians at Canadian Tires Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Steve Kingsman/Icon Sportswire)

Despite putting up seven goals and 17 points through just 44 regular season NHL games for the Montreal Canadiens last season, the Atlantic Division club opted to start their 2016-17 season by waiving forward Sven Andrighetto.

Luckily, the decision didn’t result in them losing him to another club.

It was confirmed on Saturday morning that Andrighetto, Montreal’s third round pick from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, had cleared waivers. He’ll likely be reassigned to the AHL now, as a result.

A native of Zurich, Switzerland, the 23-year-old Andrighetto came over to North America back in 2011 to play for the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Since then, he’s played exclusively up in Canada – first getting in two years of experience with the Huskies in the major juniors, then skating in Montreal’s system following his move to the pros.

In his first season with NHL action, the right winger put up a goal and three points in 12 games – and last year, as mentioned above, he almost hit the 20-point mark in just half a season’s time. As a result, it’s somewhat surprising that Montreal opted to expose him to the waiver wire – but now that he’s failed to get picked up by another club, it’s somewhat of a moot point.

In addition to the news that Andrighetto cleared waivers, though, another player was exposed to the waiver wire for Saturday. Per Elliotte Friedman, Justin Fontaine – a former Minnesota Wild forward who spent his preseason skating on PTO’s with the Dallas Stars and with the Florida Panthers – has been waived by the New York Rangers, who presumably signed him just before the season began. He, like all other waived players, will have 24 hours in which he’s exposed to other NHL teams before the Rangers will be able to reassign him to their AHL affiliate.

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