On Monday, the Habs placed F Dustin Boyd on waivers. The struggling
forward has just 1 goal in 9 games this season while his -6 plus/minus rating is
worst on the team. He has also been a healthy scratch in 5 games already.
However, this move does not necessarily mean someone will be coming up from
Canadiens’ coach Jacques Martin has confirmed that Boyd will not be sent down if
he clears at noon EST tomorrow. If he is claimed though, it will free up a
roster spot on the 23-man roster which is currently full since Andrei Markov
returned from injury. Because the roster is full, the earliest a potential callup could be announced is after noon tomorrow. Money wise, there is no affect on the salary cap until tomorrow
at the earliest and that is only if the 24 year old is claimed. Boyd,
whose rights were acquired from Nashville in the offseason but signed as a UFA
on July 1st, makes $650,000 this season. If Boyd clears, he will be exempt
from waivers for 30 days (or until he plays 10 more games) and can be sent down at any time within that timeframe;
even if Martin doesn’t plan to send him down right away, the option will exist
as the month progresses.
The Habs also shuffled their forward units up at practice today. The new
Cammalleri – Plekanec – Gionta
Kostitsyn – Gomez – Lapierre
Pouliot – Halpern – Darche
Pyatt – Eller – Moen (Boyd skating with this line as well).
These appear to be the trios that will be used when the Habs host the Canucks
tomorrow night. Carey Price will get the start and will likely face Montreal native Roberto Luongo.