According to NHL.com and the Nashville Predators, former Colorado Avalanche forward Brandon Yip was claimed off waivers today by the Nashville Predators. Yip was placed on waivers yesterday in order to make room for defenseman Shane O’Brien who was returning from a knee injury.
Here’s the press release from the Predators:
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.
Like many other players who change teams, Yip has the opportunity to reignite his career in Nashville. The team needs some top-6 offensive help, and Yip has proven in the past that he can handle that role. His play of late has not instilled much confidence, but new scenery might lead to a resurgence of his career.