Hurricanes put Darling on waivers, Coyotes claim Pickard
Darling went on waivers Thursday with two years left on his contract beyond this season at a salary-cap hit of $4.15 million. Darling became Carolina's third goaltender behind Petr Mrazek and Curtis McIlhenney, who the Hurricanes claimed from the Maple Leafs before the season began.
Former Carolina general manager Ron Francis traded a third-round pick to Chicago for Darling in 2017 and signed him to a $16.6 million, four-year contract. Darling, 29, has gone 15-25-8 with a 3.17 goals-against average and .889 save percentage in 50 games with the Hurricanes.
Arizona picked up Pickard in the aftermath of starter Antti Raanta leaving Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury. Raanta missed eight games this month with injury.
Philadelphia put Pickard on waivers after firing GM Ron Hextall, who claimed him from Toronto as a stopgap before the start of the season. The 26-year-old Pickard went 4-2-2 with a 4.01 GAA and .863 save percentage in 11 games for the Flyers.
Pittsburgh re-claimed forward Jean-Sebastien Dea off waivers from New Jersey. The Penguins sent Dea to their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after re-acquiring him.