Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Lightning Claim Pettinger

The Lightning were in the player movement business again on Tuesday, picking up Matt Pettinger from the Canucks, who were trying to bring him up on re-entry waivers to likely fill a gap left behind by Pavol Demitra and his rib injury.

Pettinger played in 76 games for the Canucks and tallied 13 points last season. The Lightning and Canucks will now split his $1 million salary cap hit for the year. The Lightning have been hit with some injuries as well, so it will be interesting to see how Pettinger will fit into the system right away, since if he gets sent back down to the minors, he'll have to clear waivers again, which the Canucks will have first right of re-acquiring him.

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