As the offseason rages on, make sure to keep track of all of the non-NHL transactions going on all around the hockey world. We’ll keep an updated tracker of today’s moves right here:
- Former NHL goalie Jared Coreau is switching leagues. The 30-year-old netminder has spent the last two seasons tending the crease in the IceHL, and now he’ll move to the Slovakian Tipos Extraliga. His new club, HC Slovan Bratislava, announced today that they have signed Coreau to be their new goalie. Coreau played on the worst team in the IceHL last season and now will go to a more competitive team as Slovan Bratislava are the defending Slovak league champions.
- Winnipeg Jets 2016 third-round pick Luke Green has left the team he was set to play for next season. Per an official team announcement, Green has stepped away from the Nurnburg IceTigers and will not participate in next season’s DEL campaign. Green spent last season playing in HockeyAllsvenskan and a year in the DEL would have been a nice step up for the 24-year-old blueliner. Green has dealt with some brutal injury luck in his young career, and last season was the first that he played in more than 15 games since 2016-17.
- 2003 fourth-overall pick Nikolai Zherdev, is staying put in Belarus but playing in their domestic league rather than the KHL. Yunost Minsk has announced that Zherdev will be playing for them next season rather than for Dinamo Minsk of the KHL. Zherdev split time between Slovakian and Italian clubs in 2021-22, his first full season playing since 2017-18, and this move is likely what’s best for him at this stage of his career. Zherdev hasn’t been an impactful KHL performer in at least a half-decade and it would likely have been a mistake for Dinamo Minsk to expect him to jump into their KHL lineup and perform. Now, he gets to continue his career at a level of hockey more suitable for him.
- The Bridgeport Islanders, the New York Islanders’ AHL affiliate, announced today that they’ve signed three players to contracts for next season. The three are defensemen Ryan MacKinnon, Vincent Sevigny, and goalie Henrik Tikkanen. MacKinnon, 27, is an ECHL/AHL tweener who has played in Bridgeport before. Sevigny is a 21-year-old undrafted prospect who played last season in the QMJHL, scoring 64 points in 62 games as he captained the Saint John Sea Dogs to a Memorial Cup win. Tikkanen, 21, was the Islanders’ seventh-round pick in 2020. The massive six-foot-eight netminder spent most of last season in Ornskoldsvik playing for MoDo Hockey. He’ll join Bridgeport and likely spend time at the ECHL level as he’s behind Jakub Skarek and Ken Appleby on the depth chart.