After a wild trio of games graced the NHL schedule last night, the league is at it with a full slate of action this Tuesday evening. Twelve games are scheduled including a must-see matchup between the Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning. The two teams rank first and third in the NHL standings and could very well meet in the Stanley Cup Finals. As teams prepare, we’ll be here keeping track of all the minor moves.
- Sami Niku has been reassigned by the Winnipeg Jets, given the team now has seven other healthy defensemen. Niku, the AHL’s Defenseman of the Year last season, has played 11 games with the Jets this year and has two points. The seventh-round pick has already surpassed expectations and will continue to try and show he can be a full-time NHL option in the future.
- Brian Elliott has been loaned to the minor leagues on a conditioning stint, the next step in his return to action for the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers have moved on to Carter Hart as their starting goaltender, but still have to make room for Elliott once he is fully healthy. The team has also recalled Mike McKenna from his conditioning loan, meaning that another move is coming soon.
- The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled Jan Rutta as they deal with an injury to Erik Cernak. Mathieu Joseph has been sent to the minor leagues to make room. Rutta was acquired by the Lightning in January and has played seven games for the Syracuse Crunch.