It’s trade deadline day in the NHL, but that won’t stop teams from making recalls from the minor leagues. Rosters expand today, meaning teams are allowed to carry as many players as they want for the rest of the season. That doesn’t mean they can just call-up the entire minor league organization though, as teams are allowed just four post-deadline recalls (not counting emergency call-ups). We’ll keep track of all the minor moves right here.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled Sonny Milano and Markus Hannikainen, which gives them another two options up front. Mark Letestu was brought in yesterday to join that group, and the Blue Jackets have been connected to several other players on the market. Milano and Hannikainen have both played most of the season with Columbus, suiting up for 35 and 29 games respectively in 2017-18.
- The Montreal Canadiens have recalled Nikita Scherbak from the minor leagues, which means he’ll likely be with them through the end of the season. Since he’ll be with the big club at the deadline, he’s ineligible for the playoffs with the Laval Rocket. Teams often do the opposite, moving players down just on paper to make sure they could play in the playoffs if their NHL squad misses.