Another week begins in the NHL with five games this evening, including two top tier Western Conference matchups. The St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche battle for the top seed in the Central Division, while the Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars try to keep pace with the rest of their divisions. As always we’ll keep track of all the minor moves right here.
- The Ottawa Senators have recalled J.C. Beaudin and Erik Brannstrom from the minor leagues, as they prepare for action against the Florida Panthers tonight. Brannstrom, the big return for Mark Stone last season, has now played in 23 games this season with the Senators and has two points.
- Martin Marincin and Timothy Liljregren have both been recalled by the Toronto Maple Leafs, raising concern about the injury Tyson Barrie sustained over the weekend. X-rays on Barrie’s ankle were negative, but both defensemen have been recalled under emergency conditions. Liljegren, 20, would be playing in his first NHL game if he suits up for the Maple Leafs.
- Tom Kuhnhackl has been recalled by the New York Islanders, after playing in four games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The veteran forward is still looking for his first NHL point of the season after playing in six games earlier this year.
- The Vancouver Canucks have swapped Guillaume Brisebois for Jalen Chatfield again, with the latter coming to the NHL today. Chatfield has still not made his debut with the Canucks yet, despite being recalled every few days this month.
- Sam Carrick and Jacob Larsson have both been recalled by the Anaheim Ducks, while Josh Mahura is on his way back to the AHL. The 22-year old Larsson has played 25 games with the Ducks this season, but found himself demoted to the minor leagues at the beginning of the month.
- The Minnesota Wild have announced a flurry of moves, highlighted by the placement of Joel Eriksson Ek on injured reserve. The young center has been sidelined recently, but he will officially take a seat for the next ten days or more as he nurses an upper-body injury. Fortunately, the Wild have been getting healthier elsewhere in the lineup, with starting goalie Devan Dubnyk among those slated for a return. As a result, young Kaapo Kahkonen has been reassigned to AHL Iowa. Filling the two newly vacated roster spots are forwards Nico Sturm and Luke Johnson. Sturm, a highly sought-after college free agent last year, has been a solid two-way contributor in the AHL this season. Johnson has been limited by injury to just ten AHL games this year, but returns to Minnesota after playing in 15 games with the Wild last season.
- In one of the more common moves of this season so far, Brian Gibbons is on the move again, this time going to Carolina from AHL Charlotte. The veteran forward has been back and forth all year, logging 13 games wth the Hurricanes and 14 with the Checkers.