Connolly was signed by the Maple Leafs to a two-year, $9.5 million contract in 2011 and had just 13 goals and 23 assists in 70 games with Toronto last season. Connolly is expected to likely re-join the Maple Leafs at some point in the shortened 2013 season, depending on whether injuries dictate the need for the callup. According to the new CBA, re-entry waivers are no longer required.
James Wright was claimed off waivers from the Florida Panthers by the Winnipeg Jets, while the New York Islanders claimed Brian Strait from the Pittsburgh Penguins. According to McKenzie, all other players cleared waivers from Thursday, including Calgary Flames goaltenders Henrik Karlsson and Leland Irving.