PITTSBURGH -- John LeClair has probably played his final
game with the Penguins.
The 17-year veteran cleared waivers and was assigned to
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on the AHL, the Penguins' top farm club on
LeClair was placed on waivers Thursday after being a healthy
scratch for two of the Penguins' previous six games. Any team
claiming him would have been responsible for the balance of his
$1.5 million salary this season.
LeClair is not expected to report to the AHL team. Instead, the
Penguins will likely allow him to pass through re-entry waivers,
and any team claiming him would owe only one-half of his remaining
salary. The Penguins would be responsible for the other half.
The 37-year-old left wing has two goals and five assists in 21
games, but his average playing time of about 12 minutes per game
was the lowest of any Penguins forward. He has 406 goals and 413
assists in 987 NHL games, mostly with Montreal and Philadelphia.
After being placed on waivers Thursday, LeClair returned to his
suburban Philadelphia home and is expected to stay there unless he
is claimed by another team.
He was the Penguins' third-leading scorer with 51 points in the
2005-06 season after signing a two-year contract, but his playing
time was trimmed this season after the Penguins added rookie
forwards Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal.