The NHL schedule is a little quirky this evening, as there are zero Western Conference teams in action despite five games being on the schedule. Still, we’ll get divisional matchups like the Boston Bruins-Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals-New York Islanders. As teams prepare for those matchups and the rest of the week, we’ll keep track of all the minor moves right here.
- The Arizona Coyotes have recalled Mario Kempe from the minor leagues, now that the team has an extra roster spot. Arizona completed a 2-for-1 trade last night in which they sent Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini to Chicago, meaning they needed another forward up with the NHL team. Kempe has been that extra man all year, playing four games so far for the Coyotes while suiting up ten times for the Tucson Roadrunners.
- A vacancy in the GM’s office doesn’t mean the Philadelphia Flyers roster is frozen, as the team has sent Alex Lyon to the minor leagues today. GM Ron Hextall was relieved of his duties earlier, but Paul Holmgren and the rest of the front office still has to focus on the day-to-day operations even as they look for a replacement. Lyon had been dealing with a lower-body injury, but could be ready to get back in the net for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
- The Islanders have activated Matt Martin from injured reserve and could have him back in the lineup when they take on the Capitals tonight. Martin hasn’t played since November 1st, but actually has four points in 11 games this season. The physical forward won’t be asked to do a lot in his return, whether that comes right away or not.
- The Los Angeles Kings have recalled Sheldon Rempal from the minor leagues, a deserved promotion after his outstanding start. The 23-year old forward has 19 points in 14 games for the Ontario Reign in his first year of professional hockey. Signed out of Clarkson University, Rempal will try to give the Kings a little more offensive firepower this season.
- After scoring an overtime winner for the Manitoba Moose this weekend, Mason Appleton is on his way to the NHL. The Winnipeg Jets have recalled the young forward after another strong stretch in the minor leagues. Appleton, who was named to the AHL’s All-Rookie team last season after scoring 66 goals in 76 games, has started this year strong with 18 points in 19 games to lead the Moose. The 22-year old was a sixth-round afterthought in 2015, but developed nicely at Michigan State University and might now make an impact at the NHL level.