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Cole’s Notes From Around the League: 2/27/21-3/5/21

The latest in transaction news from across the NHL.

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks reassigned defenceman Brendan Guhle to AHL San Diego.

Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes reassigned goaltender Adin Hill to AHL Tucson. They reassigned centre Frederik Gauthier. Centre Andy Miele, who was last under contract in the NHL with Arizona in 2019/20, has signed a one-year contract extension in Russia with the KHL’s Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins signed centre Curtis Hall to a three-year entry-level contract. They reassigned left winger Karson Kuhlman to AHL Providence.

Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres made no moves this week.

Calgary Flames

The Flames reassigned centre Glenn Gawdin to AHL Stockton. They reassigned goaltender Artyom Zagidulin. They have fired head coach Geoff Ward and hired Darryl Sutter as their new head coach.

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes made no moves this week. Right winger Nino Niederreiter has been fined $5000 for goaltender interference against Nashville’s Juuse Saros. Defenceman Brett Pesce has been fined $5000 for tripping Detroit’s Robby Fabbri.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks reassigned centre Brandon Pirri and defenceman Lucas Carlsson to AHL Rockford.

Defenceman Brent Seabrook has retired from pro hockey. Drafted in the first round, 14th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks, Seabrook has 464 points (103G, 361A) in 1114 games, as well as 59 points (20G, 39A) in 123 playoff games, for Chicago (2005/06-2019/20). Seabrook carved out a very solid career for himself, with career highs of 49 points and 14 goals in 2016 and 39 assists in 2011. During the vast majority of his career with the Blackhawks, Seabrook formed an excellent top defence pairing with Duncan Keith, a prototypical “good skating puck mover plus physical guy” pairing, but solid enough to help the Blackhawks offence. Though he never hit 50 points in a season, it was good enough that Seabrook was actually able to score more points than Keith on four occasions: 2006 (32 vs 21), 2011 (48 vs 45), 2016 (49 vs 43), and 2019 (28 vs 27). Seabrook was selected to play in the All-Star Game in 2015, and won Stanley Cups with Chicago in 2010, 2013, and 2015. Sadly, the latter half of the 2010s saw a decline in Seabrook’s performance, with his mobility, his defensive performance, and his offensive production all declining, hitting its nadir last season when Seabrook was placed on LTIR for shoulder surgery partway through last season. Seabrook has been on injured reserve since the start of this season with a back injury. Seabrook finished his last NHL season with four points (3G, 1A) in 32 games in 2020, finishing his last legitimate NHL season with 28 points (5G, 23A) in 78 games in 2019. Seabrook, 35, cited ongoing hip issues and general wear and tear as the reason for his retirement.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche recalled right winger Kiefer Sherwood and goaltender Hunter Miska from AHL Colorado and reassigned goaltender Peyton Jones. They reassigned Jones and recalled centre Sheldon Dries and goaltender Adam Werner.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets recalled centres Zac Dalpe and Ryan MacInnis from AHL Cleveland.

Dallas Stars

The Stars signed centre Mavrik Bourque to a three-year entry-level contract.

Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings recalled centre Michael Rasmussen from AHL Grand Rapids and reassigned goaltender Kaden Fulcher. They reassigned Rasmussen and defencemen Gustav Lindstrom.

Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers claimed goaltender Alex Stalock off waivers from Minnesota. Right winger Alex Chiasson has been suspended one game for cross-checking Toronto’s Jimmy Vesey.

Florida Panthers

The Panthers reassigned left winger Grigori Denisenko to AHL Syracuse. They signed right winger Logan Hutsko to a two-year entry-level contract.

Los Angeles Kings

The Kings recalled centre Drake Rymsha and defencemen Daniel Brickley and Markus Phillips from AHL Ontario and reassigned right winger Akil Thomas and defenceman Sean Durzi. They reassigned centre Lias Andersson. They recalled Durzi and centres Michael Eyssimont and Tyler Madden and reassigned Rymsha.

Minnesota Wild

The Wild made no moves this week.

Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens recalled left wingers Joel Teasdale and Brandon Baddock from AHL Laval. They signed defenceman Gianni Fairbrother to a three-year entry-level contract. They recalled goaltender Charlie Lindgren Michael McNiven and reassigned goaltender Michael McNiven.

Nashville Predators

The Predators recalled defenceman Alexandre Carrier from AHL Chicago. They recalled centre Rem Pitlick and defenceman Jeremy Davies and reassigned left winger Tanner Jeannot. They recalled Jeannot.

New Jersey Devils

The Devils recalled defenceman Matt Tennyson from AHL Binghamton and reassigned defenceman Connor Carrick. They recalled Carrick. They signed right winger Graeme Clarke to a three-year entry-level contract. They recalled left winger Brett Seney and reassigned defenceman Josh Jacobs.

New York Islanders

The Islanders made no moves this week. Defenceman Milan Jurcina, who was last in the NHL with the Islanders from 2010/11 to 2011/12, has signed a one-year contract extension in Czechia with the Extraliga’s HC Sparta Praha.

Right winger Colin McDonald, who was last in the NHL in training camp with the Islanders in 2019, has retired from pro hockey. Drafted in the second round 51st overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, McDonald has 46 points (20G, 26A) in 148 games, as well as three points (2G, 1A) in 11 playoff games, for Edmonton (2009/10), Pittsburgh (2011/12), the Islanders (2012/13-2014/15), and Philadelphia (2015/16-2016/17). He has career-highs of 18 points, 8 goals, and 10 assists, all in 2014 with the Islanders, though he also reached 10 assists in 2013. A career depth winger despite his relatively high position in a draft as talent-rich as 2003, McDonald spent the majority of his last three NHL seasons in the minors, and spent all of the last three seasons that followed, his last three pro seasons, in the AHL. He finished his last full season in the NHL, 2013/14, with 18 points (8G, 10A) in 70 games for the Islanders, but he had one goal in three games for Philadelphia in the last season he played an NHL game, 2016/17. He finished his last pro season with 20 points in 60 games for AHL Bridgeport. McDonald, 36, also announced his retirement on Instagram.

New York Rangers

The Rangers signed defenceman Mason Geertsen to a two-year contract. They signed defenceman Braden Schneider to a three-year entry-level contract.

Ottawa Senators

The Senators reassigned centre Logan Brown and goaltender Filip Gustavsson to AHL Belleville. They recalled centre Clark Bishop and goaltender Kevin Mandolese. They recalled Gustavsson. They reassigned Gustavsson. Centre Filip Chlapik, recently bought out by the Senators, has signed for the remainder of the season in Finland with Liiga’s Pelicans Lahti.

Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers recalled left winger Isaac Ratcliffe and right winger Maxim Sushko from AHL Lehigh Valley. They reassigned defenceman Samuel Morin.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins reassigned left winger Drew O’Connor and defenceman Pierre-Olivier Joseph to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

San Jose Sharks

The Sharks reassigned right winger Kurtis Gabriel to AHL San Jose. They reassigned right winger Stefan Noesen and defenceman Jacob Middleton. They recalled Noesen and centre Alexander True. They recalled centre Joel Kellman, right wingers Joachim Blichfeld and Kurtis Gabriel, defenceman Nick DeSimone, and goaltender Josef Korenar and reassigned centre Noah Gregor. They reassigned centre Alexander Chmelevski. Right winger Joachim Blichfeld has been suspended two games for an illegal check to the head of Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon.

St. Louis Blues

The Blues recalled centre Sam Anas from AHL Utica. They signed goaltender Colton Ellis to a three-year entry-level contract. They recalled centre Dakota Joshua. They reassigned goaltender Jon Gillies to AHL Utica.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning made no moves this week.

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs recalled right winger Kenny Agostino and defenceman Timothy Liljegren from AHL Toronto and reassigned centre Alex Galchenyuk and defenceman Martin Marincin. Right winger Spencer Machacek, who was last in the NHL in training camp with Toronto in 2014, has signed a one-year contract in Germany with the DEL’s Grizzlies Wolfsburg.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks loaned defenceman Guillaume Brisebois to AHL Laval. Left winger Brandon McMillan, who last played in the NHL for Vancouver in 2014/15, has had his contract terminated with the KHL’s Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.

Vegas Golden Knights

The Golden Knights recalled left winger Tomas Jurco from AHL Henderson.

Washington Capitals

The Capitals reassigned Samsonov and recalled goaltender Pheonix Copley. Left winger Alex Ovechkin has been fined $5000 for spearing Boston’s Trent Frederic.

Winnipeg Jets

The Jets recalled right winger Joona Luoto from AHL Manitoba and reassigned centre David Gustafsson and right winger Kristian Vesalainen.