The NHL season is fully underway, and we have four more games on the docket for tonight. As exciting as the action is around the NHL tonight, there’s still plenty going on around the hockey world and we’ll keep track of all those transactions here.
- The San Diego Gulls announced the signings of four players to standard player contracts today: forwards Brent Gates and Dmitri Osipov, as well as defensemen Josh Healey and Nikolas Brouillard. Possibly the most accomplished name of this group is Brouillard, who has spent the past two seasons with the Gulls. He had 39 points in 66 games last season (along with a whopping 131 penalty minutes) and should resume playing an important role in San Diego this season.
- One of the top goalie prospects in hockey, Sebastian Cossa, was reassigned from the Detroit Red Wings’ AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, to their ECHL affiliate, the Toledo Wallleye. While an ECHL demotion might be seen as a definitively negative development for any top prospect, this reassignment shouldn’t be viewed so negatively for Cossa, who turns 20 on November 21st. An ECHL assignment will allow Cossa to operate as a starting netminder in a lower-pressure environment than the AHL. He’ll be able to take his time and work on his game, and the move gives him a longer runway in terms of his development.
- Former Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms winger Linus Sandin cleared unconditional waivers today, allowing him to sign overseas. He’s done just that, as SHL club Rogle BK has signed Sandin to a contract that runs through the 2024-25 season. Sandin is an SHL veteran who joins Rogle after a decent AHL season that saw him earn his first NHL game, and he should help his new squad improve their current 12th-place standing in Sweden’s top league.
- The Ottawa Senators’ AHL affiliate, the Belleville Senators, announced the signings of two players today. Zachary Massicotte, 21, was signed to a two-way AHL/ECHL deal, while Cedric Pare, 23, was signed to a PTO. Pare signs this PTO looking to earn a full deal after spending all of last season in Belleville, while Massicotte will make his professional debut after winning the QMJHL championship last season with the Shawinigan Cataractes.
Walleye are super excited to have Cossa! He can get plenty of net work while the AHL focuses equal parts development and winning. Toledo has an excellent coaching staff – and the torches passed from Lalonde (don’t forget he was a Toledo coach!) down will continue to help Cossa along.