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Saturday, December 2, 2006
LeClair assigned to AHL, run with Penguins likely done

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- John LeClair has probably played his final game with the Penguins.

John LeClair

The 17-year veteran cleared waivers and was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on the AHL, the Penguins' top farm club on Saturday.

LeClair was placed on waivers Thursday after being a healthy scratch for two of the Penguins' previous six games. Any team claiming him would have been responsible for the balance of his $1.5 million salary this season.

LeClair is not expected to report to the AHL team. Instead, the Penguins will likely allow him to pass through re-entry waivers, and any team claiming him would owe only one-half of his remaining salary. The Penguins would be responsible for the other half.

The 37-year-old left wing has two goals and five assists in 21 games, but his average playing time of about 12 minutes per game was the lowest of any Penguins forward. He has 406 goals and 413 assists in 987 NHL games, mostly with Montreal and Philadelphia.

After being placed on waivers Thursday, LeClair returned to his suburban Philadelphia home and is expected to stay there unless he is claimed by another team.

He was the Penguins' third-leading scorer with 51 points in the 2005-06 season after signing a two-year contract, but his playing time was trimmed this season after the Penguins added rookie forwards Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal.