Sep 19, 2011; Buffalo, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Zach Boychuk (11) in play against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Bye Bye Boychuk

Yesterday the Carolina Hurricanes announced that they had placed Zach Boychuk on waivers with the intent of re-assigning him to the Charlotte Checkers. Today, the word spread through social media sites that Boychuk had been claimed off of waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins, presumably to fill a spot on star forward Evgeni Malkin’s line.

Boychuk first came to the Carolina organization in 2008-2009 season.  He appeared in just two games for the Hurricanes that season along with two for the AHL affiliate Albany River Rats, recording no points after finishing the WHL season with the Lethridge Hurricanes. Overall Boychuk appeared in 71 games with Carolina, posting 7 goals and 11 assists.  For the Charlotte Checkers/Albany River Rats, he appeared in 213 games posting 94 goals and 104 assists.

If in fact the Penguins were to place Boychuk on waivers, they would claim him back and have him re-join the Checkers. However, for now fans are going to have to endure seeing him in the black and yellow uniforms as part of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.

Tags: AHL Carolina Hurricanes Charlotte Checkers NHL Zach Boychuk

  • thestormchaser

    Happy to see him go, he hasn’t been able to make the cut year after year…but I would have hoped he might have been part of a trade rather than giving him away. We need a 3rd line center so the Juice can help the J Stahl line. Until the Canes get another line firing on all cylinders (that means 3 guys, not 1 or 2) they will remain under 500.

    • Stephanni Phillips

      My thoughts exactly. I couldn’t believe it when I first got the word he had been sent on waivers. After watching today’s Pittsburgh game he seems to fit in nicely with Malkin and Neal, he’s finally getting the opportunity he deserves.