David Schlemko’s career with the Montreal Canadiens is off to an inauspicious start to say the least. After suffering a hand injury in training camp, Schlemko worked his way back and played in a conditioning game with the Laval Rocket before immediately being recalled to the NHL team. That game, or something afterwards, must have re-aggravated the injury, as the team today announced that the defenseman had undergone surgery to remove a bone fragment and would be out three to four weeks.
The Canadiens have already released Mark Streit after he couldn’t find a way into the lineup, meaning Victor Mete seems here to stay for good. The 19-year old defensman has performed admirably in his short stint, and will burn a year of his entry-level contract after he plays in another four games. With Schlemko unavailable for another few weeks, Mete will be needed more than ever.
- The Minnesota Wild have recalled Landon Ferraro, Luke Kunin and Zack Mitchell ahead of their upcoming road trip. The Wild has been dealing with several injuries to their key forwards, and will have to rely on youth to get them through the next couple of games. The team will have to retroactively move some players to injured reserve to make room, but since Mikael Granlund hasn’t played since the opening night of the season, and Zach Parise hasn’t suited up at all, it shouldn’t be a problem. The team is 1-1-2 in what was supposed to be a contending season, but just can’t seem to get their best players on the ice.
- Veteran NHL defenseman Keith Aulie has found a home for the time being, signing a professional tryout with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. Aulie, who has suited up for 167 career NHL games with three different franchises, split last season between the Stockton Heat and Cleveland Monsters of the AHL. As surprising as it may seem, Aulie could have an outside shot at making the Canadian Olympic squad given his NHL and European experience. The 6’6″ defender was once considered an up-and-comer with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but never could quite turn his huge frame into a consistent defender.