Breaking: Shocking waiver wire action in the NHL this morning

Wow... who saw this coming!?

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Yesterday's shocking news that the New York Rangers had placed defenseman Brendan Smith on waivers was followed up with some not-so shocking news today when it was revealed that the 29-year-old blue liner had successfully passed through waivers without being claimed.

On the one hand, it's not surprising given Smith's contract. He's set to earn $4.35 million in each of the next three seasons. On the other hand, he's still a capable NHL defenceman and could be a good fit on several NHL teams. Regardless, it looks as though he'll lace 'em up next in the AHL.

The Rangers have seemingly given up on Smith, just eight months after signing him to a lucrative four-year deal worth over $17 million. Now that he has cleared waivers, expect him to report to the team's AHL affiliate, the Hartford WolfPack.

Both Carolina Hurricanes players from yesterday's waiver news have cleared as well. Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger and former Calgary Flames, Rangers and Arizona Coyotes forward Josh Jooris will both report to the Hurricanes AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.