Sunday, December 21, 2014

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

As reported on, 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  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.

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