It’s another busy Saturday across the NHL with a dozen games on the schedule including Minnesota going for their ninth straight win as they travel to Los Angeles. A busy schedule typically means a lot of roster movement which we’ll keep track of here.
- The Red Wings have made a pair of roster moves today, sending center Kyle Criscuolo and defenseman Brian Lashoff back to AHL Grand Rapids, per a team release. Criscuolo made his Detroit debut at the beginning of the month while Lashoff didn’t play after being brought up on Thursday. The moves drop the Red Wings back to a minimum-sized roster although they’re expected to have Tyler Bertuzzi back from COVID protocol for their next game on Tuesday.
- The Islanders announced (Twitter link) that they have returned forwards Austin Czarnik and Otto Koivula to Bridgeport of the AHL. New York needed to free up two roster spots to activate Brock Nelson from IR and Casey Cizikas from COVID protocol. Czarnik has been productive in limited action with the Isles this season, picking up a goal and two assists in four games while Koivula recorded his first career NHL point – an assist – over three appearances.
- Jackson Cates has been re-assigned to Lehigh Valley by Philadelphia. The 24-year-old Cates hasn’t gotten into an NHL game this season but has been funnelled up and down from the AHL due to his lack of waiver eligibility. He made his NHL debut last season.
- The Kraken have recalled center Alexander True, per the AHL’s transactions log. The 24-year-old was selected from San Jose in expansion but hasn’t seen any NHL action yet this season. Instead, he has been quite productive with Charlotte of the AHL, recording 18 points in 22 games. Later in the day, Seattle announced (Twitter link) that goaltender Chris Driedger has been activated from IR with Joey Daccord being sent to Charlotte in a corresponding move. Injuries have limited Driedger to just five appearances so far this season.
This post will be updated throughout the day.