In somewhat of a surprise move, the Nashville Predators claimed Brandon Yip off of the waiver wire this morning from the Colorado Avalanche. Yip has played little this season due to multiple trips to injured reserve but has been a quality player for the Avs over the last couple of years.
They also activated Jerred Smithson from injured reserve for tonight's game in Columbus.
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NASHVILLE PREDATORS CLAIM BRANDON YIP ON WAIVERS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 19, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club claimed forward Brandon Yip on waivers from the Colorado Avalanche and activated forward Jerred Smithson from injured reserve.
Yip, 26 (4/25/85), has 41 points (23g-18a) in 113 career NHL contests, all with Colorado, since the 2009-10 campaign. The Vancouver, B.C., native has been limited to 10 games in 2011-12 – going pointless – due to arm (missed 18 games from Oct. 8-Nov. 15) and groin (missed four games from Dec. 13-19) injuries. The 6-1, 195-pound right wing amassed 108 points (45g-63a) in 139 games with Boston University from 2005-09, helping the Terriers win the 2009 NCAA National Championship on a team that also included current Predator Colin Wilson.
Colorado’s seventh selection, 239th overall (eighth round), in the 2004 Entry Draft, Yip is on a one-way contract worth $750,000.
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