It appears as though there will be daily movement this season between the active roster and taxi squad, and although some major names may be highlighted in separate articles, this is where you’ll find the majority of shuffle news each day. The last five bullets are all courtesy of CapFriendly’s transactions log.
- The Nashville Predators have placed Luca Sbisa on the active roster after being claimed off waivers earlier this week. To make room, Cole Smith has been moved to the taxi squad. Smith made his NHL debut last night but received just six shifts and failed to record a point. Sbisa, who signed a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets in October, has more than 500 games of NHL experience.
- As it is an off day for the Calgary Flames, the team has moved Derek Ryan to the taxi squad in order to continue banking some cap space. Louis Domingue has also been placed there, suggesting that David Rittich will return from his family emergency in time for tomorrow’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. Artyom Zagidulin, who had been recalled to the practice squad, has been reassigned back to the AHL.
- As expected after the Winnipeg Jets claimed Anton Forsberg, the team has moved both Kristian Vesalainen and Logan Stanley to the taxi squad. The team must keep Forsberg on the active roster until he clears waivers, something that doesn’t seem possible at the moment with teams looking for goaltending depth.
- The Canucks have recalled Loui Eriksson from the taxi squad and replaced him with Justin Bailey, the opposite of a move they made just yesterday. Though it may seem counterintuitive, keeping Eriksson on the active roster and Bailey on the taxi squad during off days actually saves the Canucks money. The team is already in LTIR relief meaning they can’t bank cap space and have to pay Eriksson his one-way NHL salary regardless of where he plays. Bailey on the other hand earns less on his two-way deal whenever he is assigned to the taxi squad or minor leagues.
- The Bruins have made a trio of moves. Forward Karson Kuhlman has been assigned to AHL Providence while wingers Jack Studnicka and Trent Frederic were both sent to the taxi squad. Studnicka played just under 12 minutes in Boston’s season opener while Frederic saw just under 11 minutes of ice time. Chances are at least one will be recalled on Saturday.
- With Cory Schneider being moved onto the Islanders’ roster giving them three goalies, they don’t have to carry one on the taxi squad. As a result, they’ve shifted Jakub Skarek to Bridgeport. He is their only other goaltender that isn’t currently up with the Isles. Defenseman Thomas Hickey has also been shifted to the taxi squad after being scratched for their opener.
- The Sharks have shifted four players around. Defensemen Nicolas Meloche and Nikolai Knyzhov were both sent to the taxi squad after serving as their third pairing in their opener. Meanwhile, wingers Jeffrey Viel and Fredrik Handemark were both sent to AHL San Jose. With five healthy blueliners on the roster, at least one of the blueliners will soon be recalled again.
- The Maple Leafs recalled Alexander Barabanov from their taxi squad prior to tonight’s game against Ottawa. Defenseman Mikko Lehtonen was sent to the taxi squad, making the swap a cap-neutral move as both players are receiving the maximum entry-level salary.
- Tyler Johnson is back on the NHL roster after being recalled from the taxi squad, as is defenseman Luke Schenn and both are in their lineup against Chicago. Meanwhile, blueliner Andreas Borgman was loaned to the taxi squad. He cleared waivers back on Tuesday but had remained on the Lightning’s roster until now.