With AHL training camps starting up this week, several free agents that remained unsigned will be looking to latch on with a minor league squad. Those are highlighted among today’s minor moves.
- Wild UFA forward Adam Gilmour has signed a tryout deal with Ontario of the AHL, the Kings’ affiliate announced. The 24-year-old had a successful college career but has not found much success at the professional level. He missed all of last season due to shoulder surgery and was non-tendered by Minnesota back in June.
- Golden Knights UFA defenseman Chris Casto has caught on with Bridgeport of the AHL, per a team release. The 26-year-old was of the first players Vegas signed at the beginning of free agency last summer but he played strictly at the AHL level with Chicago, recording nine points in 61 games. He qualified for Group Six unrestricted free agency because he has yet to play in 80 NHL games despite having five seasons of professional experience.
- Goalie Justin Peters is trying out for the Toronto Marlies, per their training camp roster. He split last season between Latvia and Germany while also being on Canada’s Olympic squad. Depending on what happens with Toronto’s goalie glut, the veteran of 83 career NHL games may be needed to give the organization some depth between the pipes this coming season.
- Flames UFA winger Luke Gazdic has joined Anaheim’s AHL affiliate on a PTO, according to their camp roster. The 29-year-old spent all of last year with Calgary’s minor league affiliate in Stockton, picking up a pair of points and 59 penalty minutes in 61 games. He last played in the NHL with New Jersey back in 2016-17.
- Oilers prospect Ostap Safin is off to a new junior team. The Halifax Mooseheads announced that they’ve acquired the winger along with a 2021 fourth-round pick from Saint John in exchange for a 2020 first-rounder. Safin was Edmonton’s fourth-round selection (115th overall) back in 2017 and signed his entry-level deal back in March. However, unless he plays in ten NHL games in 2018-19 (which is very doubtful considering he has already been cut), his deal will slide a year and actually start in 2019-20.