NHL Transactions (2/5/09)
A quick breakdown of the transactions that took place over the weekend:
Pittsburgh– Tyler Kennedy suspended one game by NHL for involvement in fight.
Analysis – He came off the bench and fought Luke Schenn. It was in the midst of a line change but a suspension is a suspension.
Pittsburgh– Luca Caputi called up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)
Analysis – The Penguins called up their top prospect in power forward Luca Caputi. He would have been sent down immediately following Kennedy’s return but due to him playing well, a Chris Minard demotion might seem more likely.
Phoenix– David Schlemko called up from San Antonio (AHL)
Analysis – NHL depth
Philadelphia– Luca Sbisa assigned to junior club Lethbridge (WHL)
Analysis – Sbisa played well in the beginning of the season until the Flyers acquired Matt Carle. Sbisa should have been returned to his junior team before the 40 game mark however to avoid using up one of his contract years. He will now be under Philadelphia’s control for one less year.
New York Rangers– Artem Anisimov called up from Hartford (AHL)
Analysis – Anisimov is the Rangers top prospect and has scored 50 points in 48 games in the AHL. He is expected to play with Nikolai Zherdev to try to spark some offense with the stagnant Rangers.
Los Angeles– Denis Gauthier suspended five games by NHL for blow to head
Analysis – He threw an ugly elbow into Josh Gorges’ head resulting in a concussion for Gorges.
Los Angeles– Davis Drewiske called up from Manchester (AHL)
Analysis – Replaces Gauthier and will likely be demoted when Gauthier’s suspension is over.
Chicago– Pascal Pelletier sent to Rockford (AHL)
Analysis – Had been called up as depth and was no longer needed at NHL level
Trade Anaheim <–> New Jersey- Anaheim traded college C David McIntyre to the Devils for D Sheldon Brookbank
Analysis – Brookbank was seldom used in New Jersey and has played in only 16 games recording no points and 25 penalty minutes. McIntyre is currently playing college hockey at Colgate University. The Ducks need defensemen signed through next season since they have 6 UFA defensemen.
Columbus- Alexandre Picard sent to Syracuse (AHL)
Analysis – He had been placed on waivers by the Blue Jackets and he cleared waivers on Tuesday. He had 1 A in 15 games. He is not much of a prospect and was called up for depth after Chimera got injured.
Detroit- Darren Helm called up from Grand Rapids (AHL)
Detroit- Justin Abdelkader sent to Grand Rapids (AHL)
Analysis – Helm had been honing the art of obstruction in the minors and has apparently perfected it and will take Abdelkader’s spot.
Nashville- Patric Hornqvist called up from Milwaukee (AHL)
Analysis – Hornqvist is 22 and had 7 points in his first 15 games in the NHL. He had 23 points in 33 games in the AHL. He is one of Nashville’s top prospects and will be a top 6 forward for the Predators in the coming years.
New York Islanders- Peter Mannino called up from Bridgeport (AHL)
Analysis – The Islanders’ playoff run begins… or not. He will backup the Islanders’ backup Yann Danis who is starting for MacDonald and DiPietro who are sidelined with injuries.
Tampa Bay- Mike McKenna signed, Riku Helenius sent to Norfolk (AHL), Karri Ramo called up from Norfolk (AHL)
Analysis – Due to the injury to starter Mike Smith and the ineffectiveness of Karri Ramo, McKenna made his first NHL start Wednesday against the Penguins. He will likely be sent back to Norfolk when Smith returns.
Washington- Michal Neuvirth called up from Hershey (AHL)
Analysis – Neuvirth was called up to backup starter Jose Theodore. Regular backup Brent Johnson has been battling a hip injury for most of the season and he re-aggravated it in a win over the Senators.
Trade Anaheim <–> Vancouver- Anaheim has traded D Nathan McIver to Vancouver for W Mike Brown.
Analysis – A minor trade that send McIver back to the Canucks after the Ducks claimed him off waiver from them. They get goon Mike Brown in return for McIver who will fill in for the previously traded Brad May.
Buffalo- Marc-Andre Gragnani sent to Portland (AHL)
Analysis – Jaroslav Spacek is now healthy which makes the promising youngster expendable. Rather than have him rot in the press box, he will continue to contribute for the Pirates of the AHL.
Montreal- Alex Henry sent Hamilton (AHL)
Analysis – After fighting Boston’s Shawn Thornton and Pittsburgh’s Eric Godard in consecutive games, he earns himself a demotion with Gorges back healthy.
New York Rangers- Artem Anisimov sent to Hartford (AHL)
Analysis – He was no longer needed and did not impress the Rangers enough to stick around.
Ottawa- Ryan Shannon called up from Binghamton (AHL), Peter Regin sent to Binghamton (AHL)
Analysis – Depth for Depth
Philadelphia- Ryan Parent and Jared Ross called up from Philadelphia (AHL)
Analysis – The flu has “unfortunately” hit the Flyers and Parent and Ross were called up in case the regulars are too sick to play.
Phoenix- Kevin Porter and Jeff Hoggan called up from San Antonio (AHL), Steven Goertzen, Alexander Nikulin, and Viktor Tikhonov sent to San Antonio (AHL)
Analysis – Whoah… bunch of youngsters sent up and down. Exchanging NHL experience between Phoenix’s many young players.
Pittsburgh- Tyler Kennedy suspension over.
Analysis – Self explanatory. It was thought this would mean Luca Caputi would be demoted but due to his strong play Chris Minard may be demoted instead.
St. Louis- Andy Wozniewski sent to Peoria (AHL)
Analysis – He was a depth player and with 7 healthy he gets to play for Peoria now.
Toronto- Justin Pogge called up from Toronto (AHL), Andre Deveaux and Jonas Frogren sent to Toronto (AHL)
Analysis – Brian Burke continues to evaluate talent as his team is all but mathematically eliminated. Expect there to be daily Toronto transactions.
Vancouver- Nathan McIver sent to Manitoba (AHL)
Analysis – Acquired by Anaheim and demoted because he’s not very good at hockey.
Columbus- Nikita Filitov sent to Syracuse (AHL)
Analysis – He’s been suffering from a leg injury and an illness. He will most likely be back up soon.