Marcel Dionne, the second leading scorer in...


Marcel Dionne, the second leading scorer in National Hockey League history, headed the list of unprotected veteran players for the annual Waiver Draft.

The list of 157 players also included Vancouver defenseman Harold Snepsts, 35, a 15-year veteran.

Dionne, 38, is not likely to be claimed because of his salary, estimated at more than $600,000.


Dionne, with 731 goals in 18 seasons, was put up for the taking by any of the 21 NHL teams in the draft, scheduled for Monday. The draft is conducted among general managers and league officials by conference call.

Teams are allowed to protect 18 skaters and two goaltenders. Skaters with less than two years or goalies with less than three years in the NHL do not have to be protected.

Elsewhere in the NHL, veteran Buffalo goaltender Jacques Cloutier was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for a draft choice and a player to be named, the Sabres announced.