It’s been a long, slow grind since the craziness of free agency opening on July 13, with a good number of high-end free agents remaining unsigned. With many other leagues than just the NHL looking to get their rosters set for next season, though, that hasn’t been the case everywhere. Minor-league teams and overseas leagues are making moves and transactions to their squads every day, giving hockey fans something else to look at. We’ll keep track of today’s transactions right here.
- The AHL affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights, the Henderson Silver Knights, announced today that they have re-signed forward Jermaine Loewen for 2022-23. The former captain of the Kamloops Blazers spent last season with the Silver Knights, scoring 14 points in 44 games. Loewen played most of last season in a depth role in Henderson, and he’ll have the chance to increase his role next year thanks to this new contract.
- Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry’s brother, Joel Lowry, will be changing teams after a successful season playing for the Vienna Capitals of the IceHL. The EC Kassel Huskies of the German second-tier DEL2 have announced that they’ve signed Lowry to a contract for next season. The 30-year-old forward has shown himself to be a capable professional scorer at lower levels of hockey, as a point-per-game or near point-per-game scorer in the IceHL and ECHL. With the Huskies, Lowry will likely take on a large role as he looks to help his new team improve upon a fourth-place 2021-22 regular-season finish and attempt to earn a promotion to the top-tier DEL.
- Timra IK didn’t lose their spot in the SHL for next season, winning a relegation-round matchup against Djurgarden this spring, but they are losing their captain. Sodertalje SK of the second-tier Allsvenskan have announced that they have signed Timra’s captain, Christopher Liljewall, to a two-year contract. Liljewall struggled along with the rest of Timra in 2021-22, scoring just six points in 26 games, but he brings experience and leadership to Sodertalje’s squad. Liljewall actually served as Sodertalje’s captain in 2019-20 before moving to Timra and helping them earn promotion to the SHL in 2020-21. In Sodertalje, the task will be a bit simpler, as solidifying the team’s place in the Allsvenskan is the priority after a 2021-22 campaign that saw them avoid relegation by the slimmest of margins.
- The Adirondack Thunder didn’t have a great 2021-22 season, going 27-40-4, good for last place in the ECHL’s North Division. That poor finish was despite the efforts of forward Patrick Grasso, who made a successful transition to professional hockey after a long NCAA career. The 26-year-old scored 26 goals and 50 points for the Thunder as a rookie professional, playing well enough to earn a call-up to the AHL, where he had four points in nine games for the Utica Comets. The Thunder announced that they’ve re-signed Grasso to a contract for 2022-23. Grasso will return to his starring role in Adirondack, hoping that even more strong performances can help him climb the professional ladder.
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