There are quite a few intriguing contests on the NHL calendar for tonight, including a celebration of now-retired defenseman P.K. Subban in Montreal as the Canadiens take on the Nashville Predators. Fans can also enjoy two of the NHL’s top-10 teams, the Boston Bruins and Seattle Kraken, do battle as well, among many other games. As people across the hockey world take in these matchups, numerous teams in overseas leagues and minor leagues are making tweaks to their rosters. We’ll track those moves here.
- 2018 Dallas Stars second-round pick Albin Eriksson has signed an extension with his current club, BIK Karlskoga, a team in Sweden’s second-tier HockeyAllsvenskan. The Stars let their exclusive rights to sign Eriksson expire last summer, seemingly not seeing enough development in his game to merit signing him to an entry-level deal. The six-foot-three winger has fared better in the Allsvenskan than he did in the SHL and Liiga, and he’s currently leading Karlskoga in goal scoring with 14 goals and 26 points in 33 games.
- Veteran Liiga forward Panu Mieho has left for Sweden, signing a two-year contract with Timra in the SHL. By signing this deal, Mieho leaves Ilves Tampere in his fifth year with the club. Mieho’s scoring has been down this season, as he’s managed just seven points in 23 games, so perhaps the 27-year-old is hoping this move to the SHL can help improve his form.
- Harri Pesonen, captain of Switzerland’s SCL Tigers, has signed a two-year extension to remain with his team. Pesonen is actually a former NHLer, having played four games for the New Jersey Devils in 2012-13. He’s played exclusively in Europe since 2014, and has been an elite forward in the Swiss league. Pesonen has scored 26 points in 34 games this year for the Tigers and is a two-time IIHF World Champion and a one-time Olympic Gold Medalist.
- Former Boston College star Julius Mattila has signed a one-year extension with his current club, Lukko, of the Finnish Liiga. An alternate captain at Lukko, Mattila has been a consistent scorer in Finland. He has 78 points in 153 career games in Finland’s top league and helped Lukko win the 2020-21 Liiga title.
- HC Sparta Praha has signed two players to two-year contract extensions: Ondrej Miklis and David Nemecek. Miklis, 26, transferred from Kladno in 2021 and is establishing himself in Czechia’s top league. Nemecek, 27, is a top defenseman for Prague. He is in his third season with the team and has spent three seasons of his career in North America, having patrolled the blueline in the OHL, WHL, and USHL.
- Sandro Schonberger is going to continue his captaincy of the DEL’s Straubing Tigers for another season. The German forward is in his fifteenth season with the Bavarian club, and he’s in his tenth as the team’s captain. Despite a budget that is reportedly one of the lowest in the DEL, the Tigers have managed to consistently reach the DEL’s playoffs under Schonberger, a testament to the 35-year-old’s leadership and play.
- Another DEL veteran has signed an extension with his current club: Sven Ziegler. The 28-year-old forward, who is a veteran of over 400 DEL games, will remain with the Iserlohn Roosters for another season, per a team announcement. Ziegler has been with the Roosters for the past two seasons, leaving Straubing in 2021 to sign in Iserlohn.
- Former Kootenay Ice forward Arnaud Jacquemet has signed a two-year extension to remain with his current team, Geneve-Servette HC. The 34-year-old is closing in on a decade spent playing in Geneva and is in his fifth season as an alternate captain for the team. On his watch, Geneva has managed to win two Spengler Cups, and this year he’s scored seven points in 26 games.
- Yesterday, just a short period after acquiring him via trade, the Orlando Solar Bears released goaltender Joe Murdaca. The acquisition of Murdaca led to the team’s release of veteran netminder Brad Barone, and now with Murdaca gone, it means the Solar Bears have let go of two netminders in under a week. It’s likely that the return of prospect goalie Jack LaFontaine from the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch had something to do with these moves, as he’ll now resume his role as the Solar Bears’ undisputed number-one goalie. The Solar Bears were Murdaca’s sixth career ECHL team, and now he’s moved on to his seventh, having been claimed off of waivers by the Norfolk Admirals.
- Jordan Kaplan, the 25-year-old brother of Philadelphia Flyers third-round pick Devin Kaplan, was released by the Newfoundland Growlers yesterday, per the ECHL’s official transactions page. Kaplan made his professional debut with the Adirondack Thunder last season, scoring 32 points in 65 games after a four-season collegiate career spent at Sacred Heart University and the University of Vermont. He signed with the Norfolk Admirals in August, but after scoring just one point in 11 games he left to join the Reading Royals. Kaplan got just three games in Reading before he was released, and just under a month ago he signed in Newfoundland. Now, he’s been claimed off of waivers by the Worchester Railers.
- Just one day after signing him, the ECHL’s Jacksonville Icemen have released forward Kyle Blaney. The 31-year-old ECHL veteran scored 43 points in 65 games last season for the Kalamazoo Wings and will now be forced to find a new team to continue his career with, now that this signing in Jacksonville has ended without a single game played.
This page will be updated throughout the day.