Originally written on Section 303  |  Last updated 10/21/14
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Monday it was Bobby Butler. Tuesday it was Zach Boychuk. The Nashville Predators are making a habit of using the waiver wire to try and improve their loathsome offense. The Preds have scored the fewest goals in the league (47), have the worse goals-per-game average (1.96) and the worst shots-per-game average (23.9). In short, they need some goal scorers. But, considering they can’t really afford to trade future assets to acquire said goal scorers, they’re doing the low-risk approach: claiming shoot-first guys off the waiver wire. Boychuk has struggled in the NHL since being chosen 14th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He tallied just 18 points in 77 games with the team that drafted him and was held off the score sheet entirely after being claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 31. He’s set to make just $625,000 at the NHL level this year, making him a no-harm, no-foul transaction. If he doesn’t work out, he goes back on waivers and, if unclaimed...
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