It’s another busy day across the hockey world, with NHL teams still hard at work on preparing their teams for next season. Teams across the hockey world, in both minor and overseas pro leagues, are doing the same. We’ll keep track of any notable moves they make here.
- Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Semyon Der-Arguchintsev has left the organization for Russia and signed a two-year contract with the KHL’s Traktor Chelyabinsk, according to a team announcement. Der-Arguchintsev, set to turn 23 in September, was a 2018 third-round pick of the Maple Leafs, and while he has been a quality scorer in both the OHL and AHL, he hasn’t been able to break into the NHL on any sort of consistent basis. He’s earned one NHL call-up in his career, and has played just over seven total minutes in the world’s top league. Over the last two seasons Der-Arguchintsev has scored 72 points in 101 games, but as a relatively light five-foot-ten center his profile doesn’t fit what most NHL teams want out of bottom-six players. So rather than spend more time developing in the AHL, Der-Arguchintsev is headed closer to home to see if he can become a star forward in the KHL.
- The AHL’s Ontario Reign have signed two-time AHL All-Star Charles Hudon to a two-year contract. The two-year term of this deal is an important aspect of the contract from Hudon’s perspective, as the 29-year-old has played for a new club in each of the last three seasons. This deal re-unites Hudon with Marc Bergevin, the Los Angeles Kings executive who drafted Hudon back when Bergevin was the GM of the Montreal Canadiens. Hudon is an elite AHL scorer with 308 points in 380 career games. While it’s somewhat surprising that Hudon, who played in nine NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche last season, couldn’t earn a two-way NHL deal, he now gets some stability with this two-year AHL deal and the opportunity to be a leading scorer in California.
- 2017 Nashville Predators second-round pick Grant Mismash has signed a one-year contract with Ostersunds IK of HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden’s second division of pro hockey. The 24-year-old heads overseas after just two seasons and less than 100 total games played in North American pro hockey. Mismash played four seasons at the University of North Dakota before earning a two-year entry-level deal from the Predators. Mismash was largely ineffective for Nashville’s AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, and was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning that offseason. Traded to a team who he wasn’t drafted by, Mismash began the season with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch but after failing to appear on the scoresheet after five games he was sent down to the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears, where he would spend the rest of the year. He scored 19 points in 32 games for Orlando and will now test his luck in Sweden hoping to help keep Ostersunds afloat and away from relegation to third-tier HockeyEttan.
- After two full seasons in the AHL, Vegas Golden Knights prospect Maxim Marushev is headed back to Russia. The 2020 seventh-round pick has signed a trial contract to take part in training camp with the KHL’s Ak Bars Kazan, and is likely hoping to win a job and earn a full-time KHL contract with the side. Marushev played for Kazan before heading over to North America and scored very well for their minor-league affiliate in Russia’s VHL. Marushev managed just 37 points in 125 games in the AHL, meaning he may need to put together some strong performances at the KHL level before he earns another shot in North America.
- Big Joseph LaBate, an AHL veteran and former Vancouver Canuck, has signed a one-year contract to play for the KHL’s Kazakh club, Barys Astana. The six-foot-five, 213-pound American winger has over 400 career AHL games on his resume. He spent last season with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, scoring 11 goals and 22 points in 53 games to go along with 100 penalty minutes. With the Wolves now going it alone as an independent AHL franchise, the team’s limited spots to dress veteran pros are at more of a premium, since they aren’t guaranteed top prospects from an NHL affiliate to fill premium lineup roles. So since LaBate is a bottom-six player, Chicago may not have been able to offer him a contract extension, leading to today’s news that he’s headed overseas for the first time in his pro career.
- 28-year-old AHL veteran defenseman Josh Healey has signed a one-year AHL contract with the Chicago Blackhawks’ affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. The 28-year-old brings over 200 games of AHL experience to the table and has worn a letter on his jersey earlier in his career. Although he only played in 12 games this past season, Healey brings playoff experience and should be able to capably log minutes next to the large crop of young defensemen set to play in Rockford next season, including 2021 first-round pick Nolan Allan two-time WJC Gold Medalist Ethan del Mastro.
- Jeremy Brodeur, the son of legendary NHL netminder Martin Brodeur, has been released by his club of last season, the EIHL’s Manchester Storm, in order to fulfill an AHL contract he has signed for this season. While Brodeur’s AHL landing spot for next season has not yet been revealed, this is a welcome development for his career after he spent his first-ever season playing pro hockey outside North America. Brodeur played 36 games in the United Kingdom’s top pro hockey league, posting a .917 save percentage and leading Manchester to the league’s playoffs. Now, he gets another chance to prove himself in the AHL or ECHL, the leagues he played in from 2017-18 through 2022-23.
- High-flying ECHL star Pavel Gogolev has signed a one-year deal with the KHL’s Sibir Novosibirsk, confirming his exit from North American pro hockey after three seasons as a Maple Leafs farmhand. A former high-scoring member of the OHL’s Guelph Storm, the 23-year-old forward notched 33 goals and 65 points in just 46 regular-season games for the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers. He even added 17 points in 16 playoff games after that, and will now get a chance to play in the KHL for the first time in his career.
- The AHL’s Laval Rocket have signed netminder Zachary Emond to a one-year, two-way AHL/ECHL contract. The 23-year-old former San Jose Sharks prospect doesn’t have extensive pro experience just yet but is now in line to potentially play a regular role for the Rocket’s ECHL affiliate, the Trois-Rivieres Lions. Emond is likely to compete against fellow recent signing Strauss Mann and prospect Jakub Dobes for a backup role behind starter Cayden Primeau, though Primeau is now waivers-eligible so there is always the possibility he isn’t able to play in Laval and is instead claimed. This deal has solidified the Canadiens organization’s goaltending depth beyond just those on NHL contracts, and while Emond will have to fight for his role against the other mentioned names he’ll get a chance to do so a lot closer to where he calls home.
- Former Boston Bruins forward and one-time AHL All-Star Carter Camper has signed a one-year contract with defending Finnish and Champions Hockey League champions Tappara Tampere. Tappara are adding Camper from Switzerland’s EV Zug, and are getting a player who only recently was a point-per-game scorer in the SHL with Leksands IF. Camper, 34, is a former college hockey star who has 421 career points in 558 total AHL games. He last played in North America in 2019-20, scoring 41 points in 48 games for the Utica Comets.
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