The trade season is upon us now that the All-Star game is in the rear view mirror and teams are back in action. Less than four weeks remain until the deadline, and already we’ve seen several teams go out and make splashy moves. In response to those deals, teams will also have to make minor transactions to fit everyone in. We’ll keep track of all those moves right here.
- The Los Angeles Kings have recalled Matt Luff to take over the roster spot of the outgoing Jake Muzzin, while assigning Carl Grundstrom to the AHL. The team needed to get back up to the minimum of 20 players on the roster, and will likely make several further recalls when they return to action this weekend.
- Dustin Tokarski is on his way back to the minor leagues, an expected move as the New York Rangers prepare to return to action tonight. Tokarski was a placeholder on the NHL roster for a few days while Alexandar Georgiev got on the ice with the AHL team in order to stay fresh for the second half of the season.
- Roope Hintz has been recalled by the Dallas Stars, giving them a 12th forward for tomorrow’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. Meanwhile the team is carrying eight defenders even with Marc Methot moving to long-term injured reserve after acquiring Jamie Oleksiak yesterday.
- Teddy Blueger has been recalled by the Pittsburgh Penguins, rewarding an excellent season so far by the young forward. Blueger has 21 goals and 39 points in 45 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and is another center option for Pittsburgh if they decide to put him into the lineup. Though this doesn’t necessarily mean a move is imminent, Blueger’s play this season is deserving of at least a look at the NHL level to see if he can fill the third-line center role that Derick Brassard has struggled in.