While things are quiet on the NHL front, there have been a handful of moves around the lower-level leagues. Here’s a rundown of today’s movement.
- The Lightning assigned four players to ECHL Orlando, per the ECHL’s transaction log. The list is highlighted by winger Peter Abbandonato who was the leading point-getter in the QMJHL back in 2018-19. Joining Abbandonato among those re-assigned are defenseman Devante Stephens, goalie Clint Windsor, and forward Nikita Pavlychev. All are on minor league deals with Tampa Bay.
- Also heading to the ECHL is goaltender Shane Starrett, who was sent to Wheeling from Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, also per the ECHL’s transactions log. The 26-year-old had a dominant 2018-19 AHL season with Edmonton’s affiliate but was limited to just 14 games last season which resulted in the Oilers non-tendering him last month.
- Goaltender Connor LaCouvee has signed a one-year deal with Dukla Trencin of the Slovak Extraliga, the team announced. The 26-year-old spent the last two seasons on an AHL deal with Montreal but the Canadiens already have six goalies on NHL deals for 2020-21, he wasn’t going to have a chance for playing time in their system.