As August begins and we get closer to the end of arbitration hearings and contract holdouts, teams continue to fill our their organizational depth charts. Here are some minor moves from around the league. We’ll keep updating as more come in:
- Zack Stortini has decided to retire after a 14-year playing career, instead joining the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL as an assistant coach. Stortini was part of of the Charlotte Checkers last season that won a Calder Cup, though he only played in 24 games and didn’t suit up in the playoffs. The veteran forward played in 257 NHL games over his career, racking up 725 penalty minutes. A captain of the Wolves for three years during his junior career, he’ll start the next chapter of his hockey story in a familiar place.
- The Milwaukee Admirals have signed Josh Healey to a one-year AHL contract, bringing in the 25-year old defenseman after he was left unqualified by the Calgary Flames. Healey was a top NCAA free agent in 2017 after four years at Ohio State where he was an offensive threat and a huge open-ice hitter, but failed to transition very well to the professional ranks. In 107 AHL games with the Stockton Heat he had just 15 points and 88 penalty minutes.
- Two-time Kelly Cup champion Sam Jardine has decided to take his talents overseas, signing with the Cardiff Devils of the EIHL. Jardine split time between the Toronto Marlies and Newfoundland Growlers last season before ultimately ending up with the latter for an ECHL playoff run. A sixth-round pick from 2011, the 25-year old defenseman is a pretty good attraction for the Devils this season.