10/8/2012: Hockey Today

— The transactions, the transactions.  Oh my goodness, the transactions.  There’s a whole lot to get to today, so I’ll do my best to get to as much as I can.

— According to an official team release, Joey Crabb, Brandon Dubinsky and Nate Thompson have all commited to play for the ECHL’s Alaska Aces during the lockout.  Scott Gomez had signed a PTO to practice with the team, but will apparently not play with them as he had in 2004-05.

— 2012 AHL All-Star Philippe Cornet was among three players sent to the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder today.  Cornet was the Oklahoma City Barons leading goal scorer last year, and made his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers.  In two games, Cornet tallied an assist, but now finds himself in the ECHL for the first time. 

John Muse will have to head back to the ECHL this season (Photo: Mike Ashmore)

— The AHL’s Charlotte Checkers assigned forwards Justin Shugg and Brody Sutter, defensemen Tommi Kivisto and Beau Schmitz, and goaltender John Muse to their ECHL affiliate in Charlotte.  They also returned D Austin Levi to his junior team (OHL Plymouth) and released F Leigh Salters from his tryout deal.  He’ll also go to Florida. 

That news must be particularly tough for Muse, who went from having a shot at competing for the NHL backup job in the off-season to get shifted back to the ECHL thanks to Charlotte bringing in veteran NHL’er Dan Ellis.

— The AHL’s Hershey Bears sent forwards Eric Berry, Joel Champagne, T.J. Syner and defenseman Brett Flemming to the ECHL’s Reading Royals.

Berry is a particularly interesting story, given that he’s coming off a season-ending compound arm fracture, and had primarily been in the AHL for the last two seasons.

— The Adirondack Phantoms sent the following seven players to ECHL Trenton: Jason Akeson, Tyler Hostetter, Niko Hovinen, Blake Kessel, Marcel Noebels, Luke Pither and Ian Slater.  Visit Inside The Trenton Titans for more info.

Tomas Tatar, who has nine games of NHL experience with the Detroit Red Wings, has returned to play in the AHL after a brief stint in his native Slovakia (Photo: Mike Ashmore)

— As expected, Tomas Tatar has returned from Europe and has been re-assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins by the Detroit Red Wings.  Tatar played in the Slovanian ExtraLiga and posted ten points in eight games. 

— (Worcester PR) Worcester Sharks general manager Wayne Thomas announced today that the club has signed defenseman Mikael Tam to a standard player AHL contract for the 2012-13 season.  Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In addition, Mikael Tam and goaltender Thomas Heemskerk have been assigned to the Sharks’ ECHL affiliate, the San Francisco Bulls. 

Tam, a 21-year-old native of Quebec City, PQ, recorded 140 points (53-87-140) over five seasons in 318 games with the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL.  Last season, he led all Remparts defensemen with 15 goals and led the club with 106 penalty minutes.

— The AHL’s Scranton Wilkes-Barre Penguins sent goaltender Patrick Killeen, defenseman Reid McNeill and forwards Cody Chupp, Tom Kuhnhackl, Adam Payerl, Dominik Uher and Scott Zurevinski to their ECHL affiliate in Wheeling.

— Tyler Beskorowany was among those assigned to ECHL Idaho by the AHL’s Texas Stars.  Dallas’ second round pick in 2008, the 22-year-old goaltender had been in the AHL for the past year and a half, including all of last season.

Former Maple Leafs prospect Andrew Engelage has been dealt to the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears (Photo: Mike Ashmore)

— The ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears have traded for goaltender Andrew Engelage.  They pulled off the deal with the Utah Grizzlies, where the former Toronto Maple Leafs prospect had played all of last season.  A four-time ECHL goalie of the week, Engelage led his Windsor Spitfires to OHL and Memorial Cup titles, and played in 12 games for the Toronto Marlies between the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

— (Utah PR) Utah Grizzlies Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Kevin Colley announced today that the team has been assigned forwards Mitch Wahl, Gaelan Patterson, Ryan Howse, Bryan Cameron and defensemen Nick Tuzzolino and James Martin from the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat and the Calgary Flames organization.

Tuzzolino, 26, was the Grizzlies captain in 2011-2012 and enters his third year with Utah after earning an AHL contract with Abbotsford this past summer. He had seven goals and 19 assists for 26 points in 60 games last year with Utah, while also logging 11 games with Abbotsford and three with Lake Erie of the AHL.

Wahl, 22, returns to Utah after totaling 20 goals and 20 assists last year for 40 points in 38 games. He was a second round selection of Calgary in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He also played 27 games in the AHL last year.

Howse, 21, and a third round selection of Calgary in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft had six goals and three assists for nine points in 39 games last year with the Heat in his rookie season. He totaled 51 goals and 32 assists for 83 points in 70 games with the Chilliwack Bruins of the WHL in 2010-2011 during his final year of major junior hockey.

Martin, 21, also spent last year, his rookie season, in Abbotsford playing in 28 games and logging two goals and one assist. 

Cameron, 23, a third round selection of Los Angeles in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft had seven goals and four assists for 11 points in 20 games last year with Utah. He enters his third professional season.

Patterson, 22, played 56 games last year in Abbotsford totaling one goal and five assists. He was with Utah for the final five games of the regular season and the playoffs and had two goals and two assists in eight total games.

— Artem Demkov has returned to the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals.  In his first professional season, Demkov tallied 20 goals and 37 assists last year with the Jackals.

— The ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings have been assigned goaltending prospect Joe Cannata by the Vancouver Canucks.  Cannata, who is actually from Massachusetts, starred at Merrimack and was the Canucks’ sixth round pick in 2009.

— Goaltender Chris Venti, recently profiled on 5FW, was among those cut by the ECHL-expansion San Francisco Bulls today.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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