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Anaheim Claims Chris Wagner Off Waivers

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Chris Wagner, put on waivers yesterday by the Colorado Avalanche, has been claimed by his former team the Anaheim Ducks. The 24-year old center played in 26 games for the Avs after being claimed from the Ducks on November 15th earlier this season. He tallied four goals and zero assists filling in as an occasional 4th-line center.

The Avalanche, previously bound by the maximum allotted 50 contracts, now have some space to work with before Monday's 1:00 PM MST trade deadline. Before, the team had to trade a contract before obtaining another -- like in this week's Shawn Matthias trade when Colin Smith had to be included with the 4th Round pick. Now, the team has created enough flexibility where their options aren't limited.

No longer thin on the bottom-six up the middle, Colorado has solid starters on each of their four lines. And in a pinch, both Mikhail Grigorenko and the newly acquired Matthias are both natural centers. However, with Ben Street also placed on waivers yesterday, that leaves only Zach Redmond on the bench for the big club. Another forward is likely to join the team prior to Saturday's game.