There has been plenty of roster movement between NHL teams and the taxi squad on a daily basis this season. Although some major names may be highlighted in separate articles, this is where you’ll find the majority of that shuffle news each day:
- The Arizona Coyotes have sent Ivan Prosvetov to the AHL, giving him a chance to play instead of just serve as a practice squad goaltender. The 22-year-old saw a little bit of action earlier this month but with Antti Raanta’s return wasn’t expected to dress very often.
- The San Jose Sharks have recalled Alexander Barabanov, Jacob Middleton, and Jayden Halbgewachs from the AHL to the taxi squad, with Halbgewachs actually traveling down and then back up in the same day.
- Though the recall of Cole Caufield made headlines, the Montreal Canadiens actually also returned Otto Leskinen to the AHL–a move deserving of its own mention. Leskinen, 24, played one game for the Canadiens this season but was pushed further down the depth chart by some deadline additions. The undrafted defenseman is a restricted free agent this summer and one has to wonder whether he’ll return to Finland given he has spent most of his time in North America toiling in the minor leagues.
- With the Vancouver Canucks now preparing for action on Sunday, the team has recalled Ashton Sautner and Brogan Rafferty under emergency conditions. Jack Rathbone was also recalled to the taxi squad, giving the team a few extra bodies that may be needed over the weekend. Several Canucks regulars are expected to be held out despite clearing the protocol. Rathbone, who was playing in Utica, will need to go through the seven-day quarantine before actually being added to the Canucks roster.
- The Detroit Red Wings have assigned Frans Nielsen to the taxi squad after he sat out yesterday’s 4-1 win. After winning their last three the Red Wings have climbed up to 26th in the league. While that may not seem like much, turning the corner toward winning is an important part of any rebuild.
- The Tampa Bay Lightning have returned Ben Thomas to the Syracuse Crunch, after making his NHL debut earlier this month. The 24-year-old defenseman played a total of four games but failed to register his first NHL point.
- The Washington Capitals have sent Craig Anderson back to the taxi squad, moving Zach Fucale back to the AHL in the process. Ilya Samsonov was listed as day-to-day with his upper-body injury, but this move suggests he could be ready to at least back up tomorrow afternoon.
- The New Jersey Devils have shuffled several players between the minor leagues and taxi squad, most notably Nolan Foote, who has been recalled for just the second time in his career. Foote is still waiting on his first taste of NHL action but does have 16 points in 20 games for the Binghamton Devils this season. Matt Tennyson has also been recalled to the taxi squad, while Ben Street and Joshua Jacobs are on their way back to the AHL.
This page will be updated throughout the day.