Even during the NHL roster freeze, some moves will still be made on the fringes to get teams ready for the holiday break. As always, we’ll keep you updated on all the minor transactions around the league.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets have sent Sonny Milano back to the minor leagues. Milano of course can be loaned to the Cleveland Monsters during the freeze because he had previously been recalled after December 11th. The 21-year old Milano has 10 points in 28 games with the Blue Jackets this season.
- Colby Cave is on his way back to the minor leagues, after filling in for some sick Boston Bruins last night. The 22-year old Cave made his NHL debut, but was on emergency conditions and must be sent back to the minor leagues. The undrafted former junior teammate of Jake DeBrusk, Cave has become a welcome part of the Providence Bruins, providing a checking presence and chipping in offensively now and again.
- The Ottawa Senators have recalled Chris Didomenico from the AHL due to injuries suffered by Zack Smith and Bobby Ryan. As Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports, Smith will be out for at least two weeks with a shoulder injury while Ryan should only miss one game. Brennan also reports that Daniel Taylor should be another call-up by the Senators if Craig Anderson can’t go because of an illness.
- The San Jose Sharks have sent Danny O’Regan down to the minor leagues while recalling Joakim Ryan. That gives the team a seventh defenseman while Paul Martin remains on his conditioning stint in the minor leagues, with one game remaining before the Christmas break.