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Landon Ferraro Claimed on Waivers by Boston Bruins

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The Red Wings announced yesterday that forward Landon Ferraro had been placed on waivers, indicating he was about to be medically cleared after his knee injury. Today we learned that he was claimed by Atlantic Division rival Boston.

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It was expected that a waiver-eligible forward would be hitting the wire with Ferraro set to return, since sending waiver-exempt Alexey Marchenko down would give the team only six healthy defensemen. It seemed like the two most likely to be waived were Ferraro and Joakim Andersson, but still a number of Red Wings fans were surprised at the news Saturday of Ferraro going on waivers.

J.J. yesterday proposed that the reason for this move was that Ferraro was less likely to be claimed coming off of injury than either a healthy Ferraro or Andersson. Unfortunately this was not the case, and Landon is shipping up to Boston after scoring zero points and earning a -3 rating in ten games with Detroit.

Ferraro's $600,000 cap hit will be coming off the books, so it doesn't drastically change the Wings' current cap situation. Of course, as we know from the constant juggling and paper transactions of the 2013-14 season, even near-league minimum contract dollars can make a world of difference when your team is near the cap.

Farewell to the Wings' first draft pick in 2009 (second round, 32nd overall). The 24-year-old played 17 total games for Detroit and scored one goal in the 2014-15 season finale in Carolina.