The Montreal Canadiens weren't able to get Jeff Woywitka sent to their minor league affiliate, with the New York Rangers claiming the veteran defenceman on waivers Thursday afternoon.

Woywitka, 28, has split his time since the lockout between the NHL and the American Hockey League.

The defenceman has played 251 NHL games with St. Louis and Dallas, scoring eight goals and 41 assists to go along with 149 penalty minutes. He suited up for 63 games with the Stars in 2010-11, with two goals, nine assists and a plus-5 rating.

He won a Memorial Cup with the Red Deer Rebels in 2001, as well as a silver medal with Canada at the 2003 world junior championships.

The Rangers have already had their depth on defence tested, with top blue-liner Marc Staal battling a concussion and on injured reserve.

Jets claim MacLean

The Winnipeg Jets acquired Brett MacLean Thursday, a day after he was placed on waivers by the Phoenix Coyotes.

MacLean was a prolific scorer in junior hockey, once tallying 61 goals in as many games with the Oshawa Generals.

The left wing has spent most of his first three pro seasons in the American Hockey League, averaging 50 points per season.

MacLean got in 13 NHL games with Phoenix last season, scoring twice while adding an assist.

Winnipeg also on Thursday sent sent Patrice Cormier to their St. John's AHL affiliate.