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Cole’s Notes From Around the League: 10/30/21-11/5/21

The latest in transaction news from across the NHL.

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Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks recalled centre Vinni Lettieri from AHL San Diego. They recalled centre Sam Carrick. They recalled goaltender Lukas Dostal and reassigned defenceman Simon Benoit.

Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes claimed goaltender Scott Wedgewood off waivers from New Jersey. They recalled left winger Ben McCartney from AHL Tucson and reassigned goaltender Ivan Prosvetov.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins reassigned centre Oskar Steen to AHL Providence.

Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres acquired centre Peyton Krebs, right winger Alex Tuch, a 2022 first-round pick, and a 2023 second-round pick from Vegas. They acquired defenceman Johnny Boychuk from the Islanders. They reassigned defenceman Mattias Samuelsson to AHL Rochester. They reassigned Krebs.

Calgary Flames

The Flames recalled right winger Walker Duehr from AHL Stockton. Left winger Matthew Tkachuk has been fined $5000 for high-sticking Dallas’ John Klingberg.

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes made no moves this week.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks signed defenceman Louis Crevier to a three-year entry-level contract. They recalled defenceman Nicolas Beaudin from AHL Rockford and reassigned centre Reese Johnson. They fired head coach Jeremy Colliton and named Derek King interim head coach.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche recalled right winger Kieffer Sherwood from AHL Colorado. They reassigned defenceman Jacob MacDonald.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets recalled centre Kevin Stenlund from AHL Cleveland.

Dallas Stars

The Stars recalled defenceman Thomas Harley from AHL Texas.

Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings recalled centre Joe Veleno from AHL Grand Rapids.

Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers made no moves this week.

Florida Panthers

The Panthers recalled centre Zac Dalpe from AHL Charlotte. They reassigned Dalpe and defenceman Chase Priskie. They recalled Priskie and centre Maxim Mamin.

Los Angeles Kings

The Kings recalled left winger Vladimir Tkachev from AHL Ontario. They recalled centre TJ Tynan.

Minnesota Wild

The Wild reassigned defenceman Calen Addison to AHL Iowa.

Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens recalled left winger Michael Pezzetta from AHL Laval and reassigned right winger Cole Caufield. They recalled right winger Alex Belzile. They reassigned defenceman Mattias Norlinder for conditioning purposes. Centre Cedric Paquette has been suspended for two games for boarding Anaheim’s Trevor Zegras.

Nashville Predators

The Predators reassigned Connor Ingram to AHL Milwaukee.

New Jersey Devils

The Devils reassigned right winger Alex Holtz to AHL Utica. Defenceman PK Subban has been fined $15000 for tripping Anaheim’s Trevor Zegras.

New York Islanders

The Islanders reassigned goaltender Cory Schneider to AHL Bridgeport. They acquired future considerations from Buffalo.

New York Rangers

The Rangers loaned right winger Vitali Kravtsov to the KHL’s Traktor Chelyabinsk. They signed centre Michael Rempe to a three-year entry-level contract. They re-signed defenceman Adam Fox to a seven-year contract extension.

Ottawa Senators

The Senators reassigned right winger Scott Sabourin to AHL Belleville.

Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers made no moves this week.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins recalled defenceman Pierre-Olivier Joseph from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. They recalled defenceman Taylor Fedun.

San Jose Sharks

The Sharks recalled left winger John Leonard, right winger Nick Merkeley, and defencemen Jaycob Megna, Nicolas Meloche, and Ryan Merkeley. They recalled centre Joel Kellman and defenceman Artemi Kniazev. They loaned centre William Eklund to the SHL’s Djurgardens IF.

Seattle Kraken

The Kraken recalled left winger Max McCormick from AHL Charlotte. They reassigned goaltender Joey Daccord.

St. Louis Blues

The Blues recalled goaltender Joel Hofer from AHL Springfield. They recalled defenceman Calle Rosen and reassigned centre Dakota Joshua.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning recalled defenceman Cal Foote from his conditioning stint with AHL Syracuse. They recalled centre Gabriel Dumont and reassigned defenceman Fredrik Claesson. They recalled Claesson. Defenceman Mikhail Sergachev has been suspended two games for an illegal check to the head of Toronto’s Mitch Marner.

Right winger Marian Gaborik has retired from pro hockey. Drafted in the first round, third overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild, Gaborik has 815 points (407G, 408A) in 1035 games, as well as 58 points (32G, 26A) in 84 playoff games, for Minnesota (2000/01-2008/09), the New York Rangers (2009/10-partway through 2012/13), Columbus (partway through 2012/13-partway through 2013/14), Los Angeles (partway through 2013/14-partway through 2017/18), and Ottawa (part of 2017/18). Gaborik is probably most associated with the Wild franchise, having spent nearly half his career with them. He was their first draft pick and their first major star. While the Wild were coached by Jacques Lemaire of 1995 New Jersey Devils fame in the early parts of Gaborik’s career and to an extent have taken that defence-first, system-centric, “spend less money on a bunch of players to get offence in aggregate instead of offensive stars” philosophy into their on- and off-ice approach through most of their history, Gaborik was a source of excitement for Wild fans as a top goal-scorer. His career highs are 86 points and 44 assists with the Rangers in 2010, and 42 goals with Minnesota in 2008 and in 2012 with the Rangers. Of his eight seasons in Minnesota, only his 2000/01 rookie season, a somewhat shortened 2003/04 season, and a very shortened 2008/09 season saw him score less than 20 goals. They were also the only ones that saw him score less than 30. He had 30 even in both 2002 and 2003, 38 goals in 65 games in 2006, 30 goals in only 48 games in 2007, and 42 in 2008. During that 2008/09 season, he had 13 goals in 17 games, for a 63-goal pace. After 2008/09, he was traded to the Rangers, where he had 42 goals in 2010, 22 goals in 62 games in 2011, and 41 goals in 2012. Even as late as 2014/15, he had 27 goals in 69 games, a 32-goal pace were it not for injuries. If not for injuries, Gaborik would have been able to add the 2008/09 and 2014/15 seasons to his list of 30-goal campaigns and a 50-goal and 60-goal season. Had he not been injured, Gaborik would have played 1360 games, and in that time scored 1088 points, including 535 goals. With All-Star appearances for Minnesota in 2003 and 2008 and for the Rangers in 2012, All-Star MVP honours in the latter, a Stanley Cup with Los Angeles in 2014, that kind of production would probably make him a lock for eventual Hall of Fame induction. As it stands, his case isn’t as strong, but he still has all the aforementioned arguments going in his favour. Also worth mentioning are his two goals for Team Europe en route to the Final of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. His injuries severely limited his impact in the post-lockout years, and he would have seasons of 12, 10, 11, and 11 goals, never being on pace for 20 again in his career. In his last season, he scored 21 points (11G, 10A) in 46 games between Los Angeles and Ottawa. He has been on long-term injured reserve since the end of the 2018/19 season, and was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a cap-dumping move near the end of 2020. 2021 saw the expiration of a contract he had signed in 2015 with the Kings, rendering him a free agent. At age 39, with his injury history, and having already met the Hockey Hall of Fame’s eligibility requirements a la Chris Pronger, it’s clear it was time for Gaborik’s retirement.

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs reassigned goaltender Michael Hutchinson to AHL Toronto.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks recalled defenceman Travis Hamonic from AHL Abbotsford and reassigned defenceman Jack Rathbone.

Vegas Golden Knights

The Golden Knights recalled left winger Jesper Bjergqvist from AHL Henderson. They claimed centre Michael Amadio off waivers from Toronto. They acquired centre Jack Eichel and a 2023 third-round pick from Buffalo. Left winger Tomas Jurco, who played for Vegas last season, has signed a one-year contract in Kazakhstan with the KHL’s Barys Nur-Sultan.

Washington Capitals

The Capitals recalled centre Aliaksei Protas from AHL Hershey. They reassigned Protas.

Winnipeg Jets

The Jets recalled goaltender Mikhail Berdin from AHL Manitoba on an emergency basis and reassigned right winger Kristian Vesalainen.