NHL: Blackhawks place Brett Connolly on waivers; Wild claim Rem Pitlick

The Chicago Blackhawks waived forward Brett Connolly on Tuesday, coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed to reporters.

The 29-year-old winger has played 10 NHL seasons for five teams. He’s likely to be assigned to the Rockford IceHogs, Chicago’s AHL affiliate, if he clears waivers.

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Blackhawks place Brett Connolly on waivers

“It’s a tough thing because he’s a long-time veteran, so we’ll see what happens with that, what happens next,” Colliton said. “I can say, great guy, and he came into camp very prepared and in excellent shape and I think he’s had a couple of good games. The issue is we’ve had some really good performances from some other players, particularly young guys, and that’s part of the business sometimes.”

Chicago acquired Connolly in April as part of a five-player trade with the Florida Panthers. He saw action for the Blackhawks in just 10 games, netting one goal plus one assist.

The peak of Connolly’s career was his time with the Washington Capitals (2016-19), when he became a consistent third-line scorer and won a Stanley Cup with them in 2018. He notched career highs of 22 goals and 24 assists in the 2018-19 season but hasn’t produced the same way since.

Connolly has 194 career points (101 goals, 93 assists) playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning (2011-15), Boston Bruins (2015-16), Capitals, Panthers (2019-21) and Blackhawks.

Per Chris Johnston the following players were also placed on waivers:

Charles Robinson (ANA), Bokondji Imama (ARI), Cameron Hughes (BOS), Joona Koppanen (BOS), Tyler Lewington (BOS), Ryan MacInnis (BUF), Sean Malone (BUF), Ethan Prow (BUF), Brett Connolly (CHI), Joseph Gambardella (NJ), Michael Hutchinson (TOR), Brian Pinho (WSH), Michael Sgarbossa (WSH) and Michael Vecchione (WSH).

Wild claim Rem Pitlick off waivers

The Minnesota Wild claimed forward Rem Pitlick off waivers from the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

Pitlick, 24, recorded two assists in 10 games with Nashville last season. He totaled two assists in 11 career games since making his debut with the Predators against the Wild on March 25, 2019.

Pitlick was selected by Nashville in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

He played collegiately at the University of Minnesota from 2016-19, amassing 108 points (47 goals, 61 assists) in 112 games. He was a finalist for the 2019 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the top player in Division I hockey.

–Field Level Media