Here is where we’ll keep track of today’s minor transactions, updating as they happen.
- Maxim Lamarche, a former undrafted free agent signed in 2013, has re-upped on an AHL deal with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The 23-year old defenceman has yet to make his debut in the NHL and isn’t expected to do so anytime soon.
- The first captain of the Stockton Heat, Aaron Johnson has decided to take his talents to Europe. He has signed a contract to play with Adler Mannheim of Germany’s DEL. Johnson was once a staple of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ blueline, playing in 172 games for them over two different stints (4 total seasons). He hasn’t played in the NHL since 2o12-13, when he suited up for 10 games with the Boston Bruins
- Daniel Sprong, one of Pittsburgh’s top prospects underwent shoulder surgery Friday and will be out 7-8 months. Sprong made his NHL debut this season before joining the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins for their playoff run and showed his scoring ability, putting up 7 points in 10 games in his first taste of professional playoff hockey.
- The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed center Tyler Pitlick to a one-year deal, according to the team twitter. Pitlick, a former second round pick, didn’t play for the Oilers this season after fighting injury again. He did put up 21 points in the 37 games he suited up in for the AHL Bakersfield Condors.
- According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, Lightning center Jonathan Drouin has withdrawn the trade request he issued last season during a battle with GM Steve Yzerman over playing time. After making his return to the team and performing well in the playoffs, Drouin now wants to stay in Tampa for the long haul. The quickly approaching free agency of first-line center Steven Stamkos may have something to do with it, as Drouin can feature heavily in the future of the Lightning if Stamkos were to sign elsewhere.
- Recent Calder-cup winning goaltender Anton Forsberg has been re-signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets, according to the team. He’ll receive a one-year, two-way deal that will keep him on the AHL roster unless something changes on the big club. Forsberg has played in seven games for the Blue Jackets’ over the last two seasons, but backstopped their AHL affiliate to 43 wins over that time.