As of the time of writing, there’s just one game left in the exciting 2023 edition of the World Juniors. All eyes were on the United States earlier today as they won a rollercoaster 8-7 game in overtime off the stick of Winnipeg Jets first-round selection Chaz Lucius. That doesn’t mean other teams have taken their eye off adjusting their rosters, with multiple minor-league teams and former NHLers appearing on the transaction wire today. We’ll keep track of those moves once again right here.
- Feisty enforcer Tyrell Goulbourne is coming out of retirement, as the AHL’s Ontario Reign signed him to a professional tryout today. A third-round pick in 2013, Goulbourne suited up 11 times for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2017 to 2019 but hasn’t yet found his way back to the NHL. After bouncing between three teams last year in the AHL and ECHL, Goulbourne didn’t find a home for the 2022-23 season and retired. He joins a Reign team scattered with other NHL veterans on minor-league deals, including Cameron Gaunce, Alan Quine, and Nate Thompson.
- 37-year-old Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond is still hanging around pro hockey despite having not played in the NHL since 2013-14. He’s played just one season since 2016-17, skating in 23 games in the Quebec-based LNAH during 2019-20. But after signing with the ECHL’s Trois-Rivieres Lions just a few days ago and playing in one game, the Lions placed Letourneau-Leblond on waivers with the intent to release him, according to the ECHL’s transactions log. He appeared in 41 NHL games with the New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames, and Pittsburgh Penguins.
- The AHL’s San Diego Gulls today announced that they reassigned forward Blake McLaughlin to their ECHL affiliate, the Tulsa Oilers. Under contract with the Anaheim Ducks and selected 79th overall in 2018, it’s been a tough transition to pro hockey for McLaughlin, who finished his collegiate career at the University of Minnesota in 2021-22. Once a consistent offensive presence playing far up in the lineup on a skilled Minnesota team, McLaughlin has failed to register a single point in 24 games with San Diego in 2022-23.
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