With training camps starting shortly, several players that were on NHL contracts last season have scrambled to land minor league deals today.
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, AHL affiliate of the Penguins, announced the signing of winger Christian Thomas to a one-year minor league deal. The 25-year-old spent last season in Washington’s organization but wasn’t tendered a qualifying offer despite posting his best numbers in his career with 49 points in 65 games. Thomas has played in 26 career NHL games over parts of four seasons with the Rangers and the Canadiens.
- The Hartford Wolf Pack, an affiliate of the Rangers, have signed winger Scott Kosmachuk per a team release. He was previously with the Jets but they let him go in June after a 28 point season with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose. Kosmachuk last played in the NHL in 2015-16 with Winnipeg. He’ll be reunited with head coach Keith McCambridge who coached him back in Manitoba two seasons ago. Kosmachuk has also received an invite to New York’s training camp on a PTO.
- The Sharks have added some goalie depth to their system as their farm team, the Barracuda, announced the signing of netminder Stephon Williams to a one-year AHL deal. He had previously been with the Islanders, who had signed him out of college but like the others, wasn’t given a qualifying offer in June. Williams split last season between the AHL and ECHL, suiting up in 32 games.