On Sunday, the Colorado Avalanche claimed center Marc-Andre Cliché off of waivers from the Los Angeles Kings. With the move, the Avalanche will assume the final year of his contract; which is worth $550,000, but only carries a cap hit of $537,500.
The 26-year-old Cliché spent last season as captain of the Manchester Monarchs, who are the AHL affiliate of the Kings. Cliché was originally drafted in the second round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers, and played in his only NHL game during the 2009-2010 season for the Kings.
The Avalanche also made a series of roster moves. First assigning goaltender Calvin Pickard to the Lake Erie Monsters on Sunday; then assigning Andrew Agozzino, Mitchell Heard, Bryan Lerg, Garrett Meurs, Mark Olver, Colin Smith and J.T. Wyman to Lake Erie on Monday. Lerg, Olver and Wyman all must clear waivers before they go to the Monsters.
The Avalanche roster now stands at 30 players, and must be down to 23 by Oct. 2.