As the hockey world watches a junior tournament and waits for Nazem Kadri to officially sign somewhere, there are plenty of minor moves being made to fill out rosters. While they won’t have much of an impact on the NHL, these are still important transactions to keep track of. We’ll do just that below:
- Luke Johnson has signed an AHL contract with the San Jose Barracuda, after playing all of last season in the minor leagues. The 27-year-old forward last saw the NHL in 2020-21 and has 32 games at that level to his name. In 23 games with the Manitoba Moose last season, he scored just ten points.
- Justin Ducharme has signed a one-year contract with the Texas Stars, meaning he’ll make the jump from the Laval Rocket organization. The 22-year-old undrafted forward had five goals in 19 games for Laval last season, while also racking up 25 points in 35 games with their ECHL affiliate.
- Jake Gaudet is staying with the Cleveland Monsters, signing a new two-year AHL deal with the club. The undrafted forward managed just three goals and ten points in 40 games with them last season but was obviously good enough to earn another contract.
- Free agent defenseman Derrick Pouliot has found a home for next season, signing an AHL contract with the San Jose Barracuda, the team confirms. The terms of the deal were not disclosed per club policy. The Barracuda serve as the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. The deal will give the Barracuda a responsible defenseman and a veteran of not only 239 AHL games, but also 213 NHL games. The eighth-overall selection of the 2021 NHL draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pouliot debuted for the Penguins in 2014-15 and helped the team win two Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. His largest sample of NHL action came between 2017 and 2019, where he played in 133 games over two seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. Most recently, Pouliot got into games with the Vegas Golden Knights and Seattle Kraken in 2021-22.
This page will continue to be updated with any further notable transactions.