While we wait for some notable signings to help push the NHL offseason along, here are some minor moves from around the hockey world.
- For the second straight season, the Wild have invited forwards Drake Pilon and Darien Pilon to their upcoming rookie camp, reports Ben Leeson of the Sudbury Star. It will mark the second straight year that the twins have been invited to camp, which includes a stint in the Traverse City rookie tournament. The duo wrapped up their junior careers with OHL Sudbury last season and if they don’t secure a contract, they’ll be off to the University of Prince Edward Island to play Canadian college hockey.
- Veteran Brian Flynn is extending his stay in Switzerland as Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss NLA announced that the winger has signed a contract with the team through December. The deal contains a club option for the second half of the season but presumably, Flynn could also look to get back to North America if he gets off to a good start. The 31-year-old started last season with St. Louis on their AHL team but the deal was terminated in January to allow him to head overseas.
- Goaltender Ivan Kulbakov, who spent last season in Vancouver’s farm system, has signed a tryout deal with Dinamo Minsk, per the KHL’s website. The 22-year-old started last season in the KHL but a rash of injuries had him in the starting role with AHL Utica for a time to the point where he was likely close to getting converted to an NHL contract before they were able to swing a trade to bring in veteran Marek Mazanec instead.