It’s a new month in the NHL and with it the league is kicking things off with a game in Finland between the Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets. While Aleksander Barkov and Patrik Laine get to show off for their home country, the rest of the league continues to make minor moves to prepare for the upcoming slate of games. As always, we’ll keep track of those moves right here.
- The Carolina Hurricanes have sent Phillip Di Giuseppe to the minor leagues, returning him to the Charlotte Checkers after two games in the NHL. The Hurricanes do play tomorrow night in Arizona, making it a little surprising that they would reduce their roster at the moment. The move actually won’t save the team any money since Di Giuseppe is on a one-way contract, meaning there will likely be a corresponding move before long.
- Jalen Chatfield is on his way up to the Vancouver Canucks as the team continues to deal with injuries to their defense corps. The team reassigned Guillaume Brisebois to the minor leagues, without him actually playing a game with the club. The team likely doesn’t want to keep young players up in the NHL for long without giving them ice time.
- Austin Wagner and Sean Walker are back up with the Los Angeles Kings after the team completed some cap maneuvering last night. In order to take full effect of Jonathan Quick’s long-term injured reserve stint, the team used several paper transactions to get them as close to the cap as possible. Now that they’ve completed it, Wagner and Walker are back in the NHL.