NHL waiver wire: Tim Connolly highlights lengthy list on Thursday

John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE

With NHL rosters needing to be limited to a maximum of 23 players by 3 p.m., ET Friday afternoon, a lengthy list of players were place on waivers in order to clear by Friday at noon.

With NHL teams needing to trim their rosters down to a maximum of 23 players by 3 p.m., ET on Friday, the majority of teams will be placing players on waivers on Thursday in order to allow them to clear by noon on Friday.

The hope, in most cases, is for the players to clear waivers so that the organization can assign them to their American Hockey League affiliate.

Here is the list of Thursday's waivers:

*The Anaheim Ducks have waived forward Corey Elkins.

* The Boston Bruins have waived forward Jaime Tardif.

* The Buffalo Sabres waived defenseman Adam Pardy, as well as forwards Kevin Porter and Nick Tarnasky.

* The Calgary Flames have placed forward Paul Byron, as well as goaltenders Henrik Karlsson and Irving Leland on waivers.

* The Carolina Hurricanes have waived forward Tim Wallace.

* The Colorado Avalanche have waived forward David Van Der Gulik.

* The Columbus Blue Jackets waived defenseman Nick Holden.

* The Edmonton Oilers waived defenseman Alex Plante, as well as forwards Dane Byers and Tanner House.

* The Florida Panthers have waived defensemen Nolan Yonkman and Michael Caruso, as well as forwards James Wright and Mike Santorelli.

* The Los Angeles Kings have waived defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk.

* The Minnesota Wild have waived forwards Nick Palmieri, Jake Dowell and Stephane Veilleux.

* The Montreal Canadiens have waived forward Mike Blunden and defenseman Frederic St. Denis.

*The Ottawa Senators have waived forward Patrick Cannone.

* The Phoenix Coyotes have waived forwards Chris Conner, Nick Johnson, Rob Klinkhammer and Joel Rechlicz, as well as goaltender Chad Johnson.

* The Pittsburgh Penguins have waived forwards Trevor Smith, Riley Holzapfel, Warren Peters, Philippe Dupuis and Benn Ferriero as well as defensemen Dylan Reese, Alex Grant and Brian Strait.

* The New Jersey Devils have waived forward Matt Anderson, Tim Sestito, Chad Wiseman and Steven Zalewski, as well as goaltender Jeff Frazee and defenseman Jay Leach.

* The San Jose Sharks have waived defenseman Matt Pelech, forward John McCarthy and Bracken Kearns.

* The St. Louis Blues have waived defenseman Taylor Chorney.

* The Tampa Bay Lightning have waived forwards Mike Angelidis, J.T. Wyman, Kyle Wilson and defenseman Matt Taormina.

* The Toronto Maple Leafs have waived forward Tim Connolly.

* The Vancouver Canucks have waived defenseman Derek Joslin and forward Andrew Gordon.

*In addition, the Chicago Blackhawks have assigned Jimmy Hayes, Brandon Pirri and Ryan Stanton to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.

* The New York Islanders have informed Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart that they are being re-assigned to their junior clubs.

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