On the last day of January, teams around the league will have to take stock of where they sit in the grand scheme of the NHL, and start to decide whether this is really the year they want to pursue a championship. Bubble clubs will either push their chips to the middle, or muck their cards quickly and prepare for next season’s hand. As they prepare, we’ll keep track of all the minor moves right here.
- The Boston Bruins have recalled Peter Cehlarik on an emergency basis, after the team was banged up a bit last night. David Backes would leave the game after taking a big hit from Nick Ritchie, while Anders Bjork suffered his own upper-body injury.
- Ottawa has sent Erik Burgdoerfer back to the minor leagues for the time being, which could mean a return to action for Johnny Oduya. Burgdoerfer had played just a single game for the Senators this season, and isn’t much more than a depth option at this point in his career. The team also sent Filip Chlapik back later in the day, likely meaning he’s healthy enough to get back on the ice.
- Jason Demers has been moved to injured reserve for the Arizona Coyotes, and the team has decided to call up Kyle Capobianco in his place. Capobianco made his NHL debut earlier this season and is an intriguing prospect with good offensive instincts.
- The St. Louis Blues have sent Oskar Sundqvist to the San Antonio Rampage, and re-assigned Jake Walman to the Binghamton Devils. Sundqvist’s assignment comes with some intrigue, as he would require waivers to be sent down unless it is on a conditioning stint.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets have sent Markus Hannikainen back to the minor leagues, now that Brandon Dubinsky is back to game action and Sonny Milano is getting closer to a return. Hannikainen has four points in 27 games for the Blue Jackets this season.