We’re a week away from NHL hockey. Final preparations are being made all over the league and with roster spots dwindling, players may have to start settling for AHL deals. The ECHL is underway and the AHL is set for next month, so we’re sure to see regular transactions hit the wire. As always, we’ll keep track of the notable minor moves right here.
- The Colorado Eagles have signed Alexandre Fortin to an AHL deal, bringing in the 23-year-old after several seasons in the Chicago Blackhawks organization. Despite playing in 24 NHL contests during his entry-level contract, Fortin wasn’t issued a qualifying offer by the Blackhawks this offseason and became an unrestricted free agent. The undrafted forward scored 17 points in 44 games with the Rockford IceHogs last season.
- Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, who left North America after the 2018-19 season and returned to Sweden, has been traded from Vaxjo to Farjestad in the SHL. The 24-year-old is technically still on the Bruins reserve list and would have to sign with them if he wanted to return, but after struggling to produce any sort of offense overseas it’s hard to know where his future really lies. In 26 games this season with Vaxjo he recorded zero goals and four assists.
- Joe Morrow, who spent most of last season with Dinamo Minsk in the KHL, has signed a contract with Assat of the Finnish Liiga for the rest of this campaign. The 28-year-old defenseman actually has 162 games at the NHL level, but was something of a disappointment at each of his professional stops. Perhaps with a strong showing in Finland, he can get back on the NHL radar.