The NHL may be at rest for the All-Star break but the hockey world is still kicking. European and minor league clubs continue to make tweaks and changes to their rosters; we’ll detail any notable transactions below:
- Callum Booth has left the Seattle Kraken minor league system to join Frankfurt of the DEL, signing a contract through the end of the season. The 25-year-old played two games for the Coachella Valley Firebirds and nine more for the Kansas City Mavericks, only finding much success at the higher level. A fourth-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2015, Booth never did make an NHL appearance despite a handful of call-ups over the years.
- After terminating his contract overseas recently, John Quenneville has officially joined the Belleville Senators for the rest of this season. The 26-year-old was picked in the first round in 2014 but has just 42 NHL appearances to this point in his career. Through 19 games for Leksands IF in the SHL this year, he had 12 points.
- In January, we covered how former Detroit Red Wings prospect Cole Fraser had left his ECHL club to sign with a team in Scotland, the Dundee Stars. Today, the Stars made that move official, announcing their signing of Fraser. Fraser is an experienced, in-his-prime ECHL veteran who was the league’s most penalized player last season and should be able to add some grit to the Stars’ blueline.
- Two-time OHL champion Brett Welychka is changing clubs. The 28-year-old forward has signed with Dresdner Eislowen, a club in Germany’s second division. Welychka had spent this season so far with the EIHL’s Nottingham Panthers, where he’s notched 21 goals and 30 points in 35 games. The move should help Eislowen as they make a push for promotion to the DEL, while the sixth-place Panthers will have to deal with the loss of their leading scorer.
- HC Slovan Bratislava, a club in the Slovakian capital, has released defenseman Carl Ackered. Ackered led Slovakia’s Extraliga in points by a defenseman during the 2020-21 season, and made the league’s all-star team. But his success that year hasn’t translated to strong production for the reigning champions, and a major injury has led to this season being a challenging, unproductive one for the Stockholm native. With this mutual agreement on a release, Ackered will be able to look for other opportunities to continue his professional career.
- Ovechkin has been released. Well, Ilya Ovechkin has, that is. HK Aktobe, a club in Kazakhstan, has released the 21-year-old forward, who despite his last name bears no relation to the Washington Capitals star. Ovechkin was a decent player at the Russian junior level, scoring 37 points in 58 games last season, but has struggled in his pro debut. He now finds himself released after scoring just four points in 17 games for the Kazakh side.
This page will be updated with any further transactions