It’s a light Friday on the NHL calendar, with just three games for NHL fans to enjoy. Among those games is a highlight, though, with the Winnipeg Jets, a Central Division contender, taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are hoping to gain ground in an extremely competitive Eastern Conference playoff race. As fans across the world take in these games, teams in minor and overseas leagues are making tweaks to their rosters. We’ll keep track of those moves here.
- Former AHL blueliner and 2014 San Jose Sharks second-round pick Julius Bergman is moving down a division. The 27-year-old defenseman, who is perhaps best known as part of the 2019 Matt Duchene trade, has signed with Sodertalje SK of Sweden’s HockeyAllsvenskan, the league below the top-tier SHL. Bergman has played 28 games at the SHL level this season with Brynas, but he hasn’t managed to register a point. He’ll now head down a level in order to help Sodertalje make a push toward promotion.
- Lukas Klok, a former member of the Arizona Coyotes organization, has signed a contract for the rest of the season in the Swiss League. He’s headed to HC Lugano, just a short period after leaving the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners in order to sign in the SHL. Klok played four games in Tucson, 11 for Rogle in the SHL, and now heads to Switzerland to play for his third team since departing the KHL.
- 2022 New York Islanders third-round pick Quinn Finley has been traded in the USHL. Finley, 18, has been sent from his current club, the Madison Capitals, to the Chicago Steel, home of several top prospects including Jayden Perron and Macklin Celebrini. This trade allows Finley to join the USHL’s best team as he prepares to play for the University of Wisconsin in the fall.
- 2020 Florida Panthers seventh-rounder Elliot Ekmark is headed to HockeyAllsvenskan on a one-month loan. His current club, SHL side Linkopings HC, have loaned him for a month to IF Bjorkloven, one of the best teams in the Swedish second division. Per CapFriendly, the Panthers have until June 1st, 2024 to decide whether to extend Ekmark an entry-level deal in order to retain his exclusive rights. Ekmark has played seven games at Sweden’s highest level this season and has registered three points.
- Just two days after he parted ways with Brynas, former NHLer Kevin Roy has found a new home. Liiga’s HIFK Helsinki has signed a contract for the rest of the season with Roy, 29. Roy spent last season with the AHL’s Laval Rocket, scoring 33 points in 62 games. This year, his six-game run with Brynas is the only place he’s played, and he scored one goal in that six-game run.
- Matej Machovsky, a former member of the Detroit Red Wings organization, has left his current club, KalPa of the Finnish Liiga. Per a team announcement, KalPa is alleging that Machovsky breached his contract with the team, and it’s possible that Machovsky’s ability to transfer to another club could be impacted. The 29-year-old netminder left his native Czechia to sign in Finland last summer, and now seemingly faces significant uncertainty as to the future of his professional career.
- Veteran DEL forward Phil Hungerecker has signed an extension to remain with his current club, Schwenninger Wild Wings. The 28-year-old former DEL rookie of the year signed with the Wild Wings last summer and has helped them thus far stand comfortably outside the league’s relegation zone, scoring 10 points in 37 games in the process.
- Severi Lahtinen, an established contributor in Liiga, has had the next two years of his contract confirmed by his current club, JYP Jyvaskyla. The 24-year-old has scored 19 points in 33 games this season and has helped JYP make a modest jump in performance so far this season.
- One of the many young players hoping to help get Djurgardens IF back to the SHL this season, David Blomgren, has signed a contract extension to remain in Stockholm. The 19-year-old forward has developed in Djurgardens’ junior teams for many years, impressing at each level he’s played at. This season is his debut on Djurgarden’s first team, and he’s played 30 games so far at the HockeyAllsvenskan level, scoring six points and helping Djurgarden stay within striking distance of promotion.
- The ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals have acquired the playing rights to goaltender Logan Flodell from the Allen Americans. Flodell, 25, arrives in Norfolk coming off of a nightmarish stretch with the Americans. In eleven games he’s posted a 1-9 record, a 3.86 goals-against-average, and a grisly .889 save percentage. Flodell will presumably compete with yesterday’s waiver claim, Joe Murdaca, for opportunities in the crease for the Admirals. These transactions illustrate the ripple effect that can happen across a three-tiered NHL organization when a goaltender faces an absence. Predators prospect Tomas Vomacka was called up to AHL Milwaukee yesterday after Yaroslav Askarov left to make his NHL debut. Left with just one goalie given the absence of Vomacka, the Admirals have now claimed one goalie and acquired another via a trade. These moves illustrate how the circumstances of just one netminder at the top of an organization can cause major changes to the careers of multiple players lower down the totem pole.
- A top player in the German third division has been rewarded by heading up a level. Krefeld Pinguine, a team in Germany’s second-tier DEL2, has signed Victor Knaub to a contract. The 26-year-old has been playing with EV Fussen in the third tier of German hockey scoring 19 points in 17 games. Now he gets a chance to impress with a club that was in the DEL just a year ago.
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