The NHL Board of Governors are meeting again today in Sea Island, Georgia, and are expected to approve the league’s 32nd team. Seattle will be joining the NHL in the next few seasons, meaning teams will have to start working towards an eventual expansion draft. Meanwhile, we’ll keep track of all the minor moves they make in preparation for tonight’s games.
- The New York Islanders have sent Stephen Gionta to the minor leagues, in order to recall goaltender Christopher Gibson. Arthur Staple of The Athletic notes that the Islanders didn’t have Robin Lehner on the ice at the option skate this morning, but have not issued an update on the situation yet. Lehner last played on Thursday, stopping 35 of 36 shots in a shootout loss against the Boston Bruins.
- Sheldon Rempal is on his way back to the AHL, after the Los Angeles Kings have claimed two new forwards on waivers. Brendan Leipsic and Nikita Scherbak will enter the lineup before long, leaving little chance for Rempal to make much of an impression at the NHL level.
- Since the Detroit Red Wings will be without Tyler Bertuzzi for the next two games and Anthony Mantha a lot longer than that, the team has recalled Wade Megan to help out up front. Megan has played six games for the Red Wings this season and is still looking for his first point.
- The AHL’s Hershey Bears, affiliate of the Washington Capitals, have signed defenseman Ryan Sproul to a one-year contract, the team announced. Sproul has had a surprisingly hard time finding employment this summer, after registering five points in 16 games with the New York Rangers last season and seven points in 27 games with the Detroit Red Wings the season prior. Sproul failed to turn PTO’s into contracts with both the Toronto Marlies and Laval Rocket this season, before landing in Hershey even without a tryout. The capable puck-mover will immediately provide a boost to the Bears’ blue line this season.