You know the postseason is well underway when the first roster transactions of the day don’t trickle in until late in the afternoon. With the majority of NHL teams now done for the year in addition to the end of the AHL regular season, there are few organizations still making moves back and forth to benefit both the parent squad and affiliate. So, while teams stay busy with playoff preparations – or rather draft preparations for many – there aren’t a lot of transactions being made. A few small moves today have been the exception:
- The Boston Bruins were not forced to use AHL veteran forward Paul Carey nor rookie defenseman Jakub Zboril in Game Four on Wednesday night and have thus returned both players to Providence. Carey and Zboril were each recalled earlier in the week for precautionary reasons and traveled with the team to Toronto, but did not need to be used against the Maple Leafs after all. With John Moore back in the lineup on defense and Sean Kuraly nearing a return up front, neither one will need to stay with Boston and can return to the AHL Bruins, who are looking to channel the Columbus Blue Jackets by knocking off the regular season champion Charlotte Checkers in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
- Young Josef Korenar served as the San Jose Sharks’ emergency third-string goalie on the team’s road trip to Vegas this week. He has been returned to the AHL’s Barracuda today upon the Sharks’ return home to San Jose for Game Five. Korenar obviously did not see any action with San Jose, but maybe he should have; Martin Jones’ .838 save percentage is the worst in the playoffs and Aaron Dell is third-to-last at .861.