As the Stanley Cup playoffs begin to creep closer, the playoff picture is slowly starting to take shape as teams are slowly clinching playoff spots. While the Western Conference has just three teams that have clinched a spot, the Eastern Conference already has five teams that have earned their way into the playoffs. Throw in multiple injuries and many teams are likely to be making moves today to keep their rosters together for the final week of the regular season.
- After calling him up on an emergency loan on Saturday, the Calgary Flames have assigned defenseman Oliver Kylington to the Stockton Heat of the AHL on Sunday. He did not make it into Saturday’s game. The 20-year-old blueliner
- The St. Louis Blues assigned defenseman Chris Butler to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL after recalling the veteran blueliner on an emergency recall Saturday. He did not get in Saturday’s game as he served as an extra defender.
- The Winnipeg Jets announced they have recalled defenseman Sami Niku. The 21-year-old has been having an excellent rookie year with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. The 2015 seventh-round pick has put up 15 goals and 37 assists this year and is tied for first among AHL-blueliners in points with 52. He could make his debut Monday. Jets insider Jamie Thomas writes that Niku will likely fill in for resting players for the playoffs, while the team also hopes to get a long look at the youngster.
- With the Minnesota Wild facing life without Ryan Suter, the team has recalled Carson Soucy from the AHL. Soucy has recorded 15 points in his first professional season, after signing out of the NCAA last spring. The 6’4″ defenseman’s recall is under emergency conditions, meaning he won’t count to the four post-deadline call-ups.
- Roland McKeown is on his way back up for the Carolina Hurricanes, recalled after just a few days in the minor leagues. McKeown has two points in the seven games he’s played for the Hurricanes this year, his debut NHL season.