10/6/2012: Hockey Today

— Tons of transactions to keep you updated on from the past two days, as well as other news from the hockey world…

— The NHL’s St. Louis Blues finally confirmed that president John Davidson has left the organization. According to many published reports, the former goaltender and extremely popular color analyst could be a candidate to join the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“St. Louis has been nothing but outstanding to me and my family and we have enjoyed every minute here,” said Davidson in a team statement. “Although we did not accomplish the ultimate goal, I am proud of where this team is on and off the ice, and they are in excellent hands with this management team. St. Louis and the Blue Note will always be in our hearts, and we wish the organization and these great fans nothing but success in the near future.”

Enforcer Steve MacIntrye is heading to the AHL (Photo: Mike Ashmore)

— The AHL’s Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins have signed Steve MacIntyre to an AHL deal so that he may play there during the lockout. The enforcer has NHL experience with the Oilers, Panthers and Penguins, for whom he played 12 games for last season.

— Goaltender Tyler Bunz, selected in the fifth round by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2010 draft, was assigned to ECHL Stockton by AHL Oklahoma City today. Bunz had been with Medicine Hat in the WHL, where he won the league’s Goaltender of the Year award.

— The AHL Rockford IceHogs sent forwards Terry Broadhurst and Bryan Froese to ECHL Toledo, who will also get goaltender Kent Simpson. Mac Carruth, who had been in Rockford camp, will be returned to WHL Portland.

Chris Wideman will be joining the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals (Photo: Mike Ashmore)

— The AHL’s Binghamton Senators cut F Brad Peltz, D Danny New and D Chris Wideman from camp. All three will head to ECHL Elmira. Goaltender Scott Greenham was also cut, but will report to ECHL Bakersfield.

— The AHL Texas Stars released defenseman Jordan Hill and forward Scott Howes from camp, and reassigned goalie Josh Robinson to ECHL Idaho.

Charlie Effinger has been cut from Grand Rapids camp and will play in the ECHL with Fort Wayne this year. (Photo: Mike Ashmore)

— The AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins released veteran minor league goaltender Charlie Effinger from their camp, and he has joined the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets. Grand Rapids also assigned goaltender Petr Mrazek to ECHL Toledo, but he still may begin the year in the AHL. They will have Kenny Reiter, who was assigned by AHL Bridgeport. Reiter, who was between the pipes for the Sound Tigers in one game last season, won an NCAA title at Minnesota-Duluth in 2011.

— The AHL’s Springfield Falcons have released goaltender Daren Machesney from his tryout agreement with the team. LW Oliver Gabriel and D Anton Blomqvist were also assigned from Springfield to ECHL Evansville.

— Danny Hobbs was sent to ECHL Greenville from the AHL Connecticut Whale. The Road Warriors also added defenseman Edwin Shea to their camp roster.

— Hungarian-born goaltender Zoltan Hetenyi has been assigned to the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones by the Milwaukee Admirals. Hetenyi played in SM-Liiga last season in Finland with Jokerit and Kiekko-Vantaa

— The ECHL’s Gwinnett Gladiators were assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and defenseman Justin Weller. Domingue was the Coyotes fifth round pick in 2010, and went 23-8-4 in the QMJHL last season with Quebec.

Weller, Phoenix’s fourth rounder in 2009, has five seasons with Red Deer in the WHL under his belt.

Both players are looking to make their pro debuts.

— Defenseman Joe Sova, who was part of the Alexei Ponikarovsky trade last season between New Jersey and Carolina, has been assigned to ECHL Florida by the Charlotte Checkers.

— Flyers goaltending prospect Niko Hovinen was sent down to ECHL Trenton to play in their preseason game, but has returned to Adirondack today. Cal Heeter has been sent down to Trenton in his place.

— The Wheeling Nailers have their captain back. Paul Crowder, who had begun the season in Austria, is back with the Nailers. The veteran forward tallied 23 goals last season.

— Highly touted Connor McDavid scored twice in his home debut last night, a 5-1 Erie Otters win over the Brampton Battalion. McDavid was named the game’s first star, and Blue Jackets draft pick and goaltender Oscar Dansk was the second.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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