While NHL free agency doesn’t get underway for another four weeks, the same can’t be said for AHL free agency. Players on one-year deals hit the open market back on Thursday and some of those players will be finding new teams while others may look overseas. We’ll keep track of those moves here.
- The Canadiens have signed winger Danick Martel to a one-year AHL contract, per an announcement from their affiliate in Laval (Twitter link). The 26-year-old spent last season on a minor league deal with New Jersey, notching 14 points in 24 games with Binghamton. Martel has 13 career NHL games under his belt between Philadelphia and Tampa Bay, last suiting up at the top level in 2019.
- Former Carolina winger Brody Sutter is opting to stay overseas as Vienna of the ICEHL announced that they’ve signed the 29-year-old to a one-year deal. Sutter has played a dozen career NHL games but after being relegated to a full-time AHL player in 2017-18, he has opted to play internationally instead of sticking around in North America. Sutter spent the last two seasons with Iserlohn in Germany.
- Draft-eligible goaltender Tomas Suchanek has decided to come to North America. In an interview on Ocelari Trinec’s site, the netminder has elected to report to Tri-City of the WHL for next season. Suchanek spent this season in the second division in the Czech Republic, posting a 3.12 GAA along with a .908 SV% and the fact he’s going to play major junior could help boost his draft stock.