Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Roy Traded to Oilers from Predators

As reported on the Edmonton Oilers' official website, the team has traded for centerman Derek Roy from the Nashville Predators in exchange for Mark Arcobello.

Roy, a 31-year-old pivot who is on a one-year deal valued at $1 million, had played in 26 games with the Predators this season, notching 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists). He spent 2013-14 with the St. Louis Blues, putting up a respectable 37 points (9 goals, 28 assists) in 75 games. He is viewed as top four centerman who will bolster the Oilers' forwards with a veteran presence.

Arcobello, a right-handed forward who played his college hockey at Yale University, spent 36 games with Edmonton this season, notching 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists). He spent some time last season with the Oilers' AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City, but the priority of the campaign with Edmonton where he put up 18 points in 41 games. The 26 year-old hailing from Connecticut is also on a one-year deal, at $600K for 2014-15.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Halak Off Injured Reserve

It was a short stint on the IR for New York Islanders' goaltender Jaroslav Halak.  As reported by Newsday, Halak has been removed from injured reserve and could play in net as early as Monday.  The injury to Halak is described as a lower-body injury, but as noted in the Newsday article, Halak missed significant time in net two years ago due to a groin injury.  

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Halak to IR, Poulin Recalled

The New York Islanders have placed goaltender Jaroslav Halak on injured reserve, and have recalled netminder Kevin Poulin, as reported on NHL.com.   Halak's placement on IR is retroactive to December 20.  The injury to Halak has been reported as a "lower-body" injury.  The veteran goaltender has been extremely solid in net for the Isles this season, putting up an impressive .919 save percentage and 2.24 goals-against-average.  Halak's performance this season has helped New York remain one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference during the first part of the 2013-14 season.

Poulin has also been solid in net for the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season.  His .928 save percentage and 2.41 goals-against-average at the AHL level afford the Islanders the ability to rely on Poulin as a solid backup if and when required.  

NHL Moves - Blue Jackets, Flames, Hurricanes, Blues, Sharks

As reported on the Columbus Blue Jackets' website, the team has recalled center Sean Collins.  The left-shooting forward hailing from Saskatoon had put up 19 points in 27 games with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL this season.

The Calgary Flames have recalled defenseman Corey Potter from their AHL affiliate Adirondack Flames, according to the team's website.  The journeyman blue liner who played his college hockey at Michigan State has 5 assists in 19 contests at the AHL level this season.  Last season saw him play with both the Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers at the NHL level.

The Carolina Hurricanes are bolstering their offense with a call up from the AHL, bringing up forward Brendan Woods from the Charlotte Checkers as reported on their website.  The 22-year-old Woods has played in 29 games for the Checkers this season, putting up a healthy 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists).

Petteri Lindbohm was called up by the St. Louis Blues, as reported by CBS St. Louis , after spending some time with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.  Lindbohm has played in 8 NHL games this season, notching an assist.  He has spent the majority of his time this season with the Wolves, appearing in 23 contests and notching 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists).

Micheal Haley has been brought up from Worcester by the San Jose Sharks according to the San Jose Mercury News.  The centerman will add some toughness, necessary due to the suspension of John Scott.  Haley has played in 27 games with Worcester this season, scoring 10 goals and adding 3 assists.  He has also racked up 60 penalty minutes.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Isles Recall Goaltender Poulin

The New York Islanders have recalled goaltender Kevin Poulin according to Arthur Staple of Newsday. It is expected that Poulin will back up Chad Johnson in net for tonight's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Penguins Call Up Uher From Wilkes-Barre / Scranton

The Pittsburgh Penguins have called up forward Dominik Uher from their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre / Scranton, as reported in the Post-Gazette.  The 21 year-old hailing from the Czech Republic has played in 29 games at the AHL level this season, scoring 4 goals and adding 5 assists.  It's thought that Uher will fill the spot vacated due to the Blake Comeau injury, sustained on Monday.  If Uher sees ice time with Pittsburgh in their contest with Tampa Bay on Tuesday evening, it will be his first NHL regular season appearance.  

Armia Called Up by Sabres

As reported on Twitter by the Buffalo Sabres, Joel Armia has been called up from the Rochester Americans of the AHL. In 21 games with Rochester this year, Armia has put up a healthy 16 points.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Capitals Recall Burakovsky, Volpatti

As reported at prohockeytalk.com, the Washington Capitals have recalled both Andre Burakovsky and Aaron Volpatti from their AHL affiliate Hershey Bears.  Volpatti, who has been recovering from an injury, was subsequently placed on long-term injured reserve.  Burakovsky has played most of this season with the Capitals, appearing only briefly for Hershy in the AHL.  Burakovsky, the Capitals first round draft pick in 2013, received an opportunity to put in some significant game-time on-ice during his assignment with the Bears, according to the Washington Post

NHL Moves - Sabres: Pysyk and Schaller Called Up

The Buffalo Sabres recalled two AHL players on Sunday, in Mark Pysyk and Tim Schaller, as reported in The Buffalo News.  Pysyk, who was Buffalo's first round draft pick in 2010, had been manning the blue line in Rochester for Buffalo's AHL affiliate Americans this seasons, playing in 28 contests and notching 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists).  Pysyk is up in the NHL while some of his teammates are out with injuries.  Although he may be designated for assingment in the near future, he certainly has fans in the Sabres' organization.   As quoted in the Buffalo News:
“I’m a big Mark Pysyk fan,” coach Ted Nolan said before the game. “It’s just circumstances right now, and we’ll see what happens in the future. He’s a solid player, a solid kid. He’s biding his time and doing what needs to be done in order to be here permanently. This kid has potential to be one of the leaders of this organization for many years to come, so I’m glad he gets a chance tonight.”
Tim Schaller, who played his college hockey at Providence, scored a goal against the Boston Bruins in his return to the NHL upon his callup with Pysyk.  Schaller's stat line aslo included 3 hits and a blocked shot, making it a rather successful return to the Sabres, although the team dropped the contest to the Bruins.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

NHL Moves - Bruins, Penguins, Red Wings, Sabres,

As reported on NESN.com, the Boston Bruins have elected to designate defenseman Joe Morrow for assignment to their AHL affiliate in Providence.  The move is seen in a positive light as Morrow will be able to get the playing time that he was not seeing while with Boston.  The 22-year old blueliner has appeared in 15 games with big Bruins this season, notching a goal.  He spent the previous campaign with Providence, appearing in 56 games and garnering 29 points.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled two defensemen in Taylor Chorney and Derrick Pouliot as reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Chorney has been playing with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre / Scranton, where he's picked up 6 points in 25 contests.  Pouliot, who was drafted eighth overall by the Penguins in 2012, has led the AHL squad in scoring this season to-date, with seven goals and 13 assists in just 23 games.

Tom McCollum has been recalled by the Detroit Red Wings, according to Ansar Khan at mlive.com.  The big netminder had previously played one regular season game with the Wings in 2010-11.  This season has seen McCollum save at a .903 percentage.  McCollum will reportedly back up Petr Mrazek for Sunday's contest with the Colorado Avalanche. To make room on the Detroit roster, the Red Wings designated Xavier Ouellet for assignment.  Ouellet played in nine games for the Wings this season, contributing a goal and an assist.

Forward Johan Larsson was called up by the Buffalo Sabres, scoring his first NHL goal, and Buffalo's only goal, in their 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche at the First Niagra Center, according to the Buffalo News.  The young winger has played in 5 contests this season for Buffalo, after appearing in 28 during the 2013-14 campaign.

Also called up to the NHL by Buffalo was their number 12 overall draft pick from 2012, Mikhail Grigorenko.  The Sabres' prospect centered the line on which Larsson played in both young players' first game back with Buffalo.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jets Trade For Harrison

The Winnipeg Jets have traded with the Carolina Hurricanes, acquiring defenseman Jay Harrison in exchange for a sixth round draft pick in the 2015 NHL entry draft, according to NHL.com.

As reported in the Winnipeg Free Press, the Jets' defensive corps has been decimated. Within hours of the news that Winnipeg would be without defenseman Mark Stuart until the mid-winter timeframe, the Jets had completed the trade for veteran blueliner Harrison.

As noted in The News-Observer, Harrison had previously played for current Jets head coach Paul Maurice while both were with the Hurricanes.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sabres and Blue Jackets AHL Forward Trade

In a trade announced on Tuesday, December 16, the Buffalo Sabres received AHL forward Jerry D'Amigo from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for AHL forward Luke Adam, according to NHL.com.

D'Amigo, who was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009, and hails from Binghamton, NY, played in 22 NHL games with the Leafs last season, notching 3 points.

Adam is a left-shooting centerman who was drafted by the Sabres in 2008, and has seen 87 NHL regular season games.  In those 87 contests, he's notched 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists).

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Erixon Traded to Blackhawks for Morin

At least two NHL teams have decided to make a significant roster move prior to the holiday freeze period.  As reported by CBS Sports, the Chicago Blackhawks have traded Jeremy Morin to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Tim Erixon.

Tim Erixon, a big young defenseman, had played in 20 games for the Blue Jackets this season, notching 6 points (goal, 5 assists).  He is currently signed to a one-year deal worth $600K.

Jeremy Morin meanwhile is a young forward making $800K annually on a two-year deal expiring after next season.  He had notched 11 points in 24 games last season.  In 15 games this season, he has not yet tallied a point.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

2014 NHL Holiday Roster Freeze

The National Hockey League will be enacting a roster freeze for the holiday season, which will take place between 11:59 p.m. on December 19 and 12:01 a.m. on December 28. There will be no trades occurring within this time period. Loans are also prohibited during this time period. The waiver situation gets a little bit more murky however. According to the Carolina Hurricanes website, players can be claimed after the freeze, if they were put on waivers prior to the beginning of the freeze. A player on emergency recall can also be returned to the AHL during the freeze period. For more detail, see the information on the Hurricanes' website.

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