The unofficial second half of the 2017-18 season is underway tonight, with 12 teams in action after the All-Star break. One of the most interesting matchups might by the Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets, both currently leading their division but dealing with troublesome injuries. The Lightning are without Victor Hedman, while the Jets are missing both Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba. As the dozen teams get ready to resume their schedule, we’ll keep track of all the minor transactions around the league.
- Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports that Danny O’Regan is on his way back to the San Jose Sharks. The 24-year old forward has four points in ten games with the Sharks this season, and has been an excellent performer in the minor leagues since leaving the collegiate ranks. With Joe Thornton out long term, the Sharks have to find offense from unpredictable places, something that O’Regan might help with. The team has also sent Troy Grosenick to the minor leagues.
- With Brian Elliott heading to injured reserve, the Philadelphia Flyers have recalled Alex the AHL. Lyon is still awaiting his first opportunity to get into a game at the NHL level, but has recorded a .910 save percentage in the minor leagues this season.
- Brandon Dubinsky has been activated from injured reserve, and the Columbus Blue Jackets have sent Zac Dalpe to the minor leagues to make room. Dubinsky hasn’t played since December 12th when he suffered a fractured orbital bone at the hands of Zack Kassian, and recently left the team in order to deal with personal medical issues (though there was also a report of discipline from the team). He’ll rejoin the club today against the Minnesota Wild.
- The New York Rangers have recalled Peter Holland and Anthony DeAngelo, but have left Vinni Lettieri in the minor leagues for now. It seems as though for now the team is willing to go with Cody McLeod as one of the depth forwards, despite Lettieri’s more noted offensive upside.