BRANDON, Fla. -- After three years with the University of Minnesota, it appears Tampa Bay Lightning goalie prospect Adam Wilcox will take the next step.
With his fifth development camp under his belt, Wilcox will stay within the professional ranks and likely split time with Kristers Gudlevskis for the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League this season.
Wilcox got a quick initiation to pro life shortly after leading Minnesota to the Big Ten Tournament championship. A sixth-round pick (No. 178) of the Lightning at the 2011 NHL Draft, he signed a two-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay in April and headed to Syracuse, where he played in two regular-season games (3.18 goals-against-average, .875 save percentage) and one Calder Cup Playoff game (1.86 GAA, .933 save percentage).
OTTAWA -- Tobias Lindberg had to make some adjustments after he left Sweden to play for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League last season.
"I was a rookie, but I was still 19 years old. It was a bit of a learning situation there. Should I pack the bus; should I not pack the bus?" Lindberg said of the junior hockey tradition of having rookies move the equipment bags on and off the bus.
So did he?
"A couple of times in the beginning to show I was a good teammate," the Ottawa Senators forward prospect said, "but in the end they said, 'No, you don't have to do that. We have 16-year-olds to do that.'"
Oduya, 33, played the past three-plus seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, winning the Stanley Cup twice. He had two goals, eight assists and a plus-5 rating in 76 regular-season games last season as part of Chicago's top-four defense group.
Last season, Pyatt played for Geneve-Servette HC of the National League A in Switzerland and had 14 goals and 25 points in 38 games. He had four goals in eight playoff games.
"I had a few more injuries this year, a few more concussions," Pyatt told the Thunder Bay News Watch on Monday. "It's just time for me to sort of step away. I'm proud of what I accomplished in my career, but now's the time to take a little time away from the game and we'll see."
Bournival, 23, played 29 games with the Canadiens in 2014-15, recording five points (3 goals, 2 assists). He posted a differential of +3 and served 4 penalty minutes. He registered one game-winning goal, 27 shots on goal and totaled 26 hits. The 5'11'' and 196 lbs forward also took part in 12 games with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, recording nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) and a differential of +4.
Colorado Avalanche's third-round selection (71st overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Shawinigan, Québec native was acquired by the Canadiens on November 11, 2010, in return for defenseman Ryan O'Byrne.
Center Matt Cullen remains an unrestricted free agent but is preparing to play what would be his 18th season in the NHL, The Tennessean reported Tuesday.
Cullen, who turns 39 in November, played 62 regular-season games for the Nashville Predators last season and had seven goals and 18 assists. He had one goal and one assist in six Stanley Cup Playoff games.
"I'm excited about the idea of playing again," Cullen said. "I'm leaning a lot more that way. Now that doesn't necessarily mean that I'll be somewhere, because I am 38 and teams see that number and it's a big number, so I understand that side of it. … Bottom line is that I just still really love to play the game, and the fact that I'm excited about another season is a good thing."
Edmonton Oilers president of hockey operations and general manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, the club has hired Ian Herbers as an assistant coach.
Herbers, 47, has spent the past three seasons as Head Coach of the University of Alberta's (U of A) Golden Bears. In 2014-15, he led the men's hockey team to their second straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Championship.
The Jasper, Alberta native has enjoyed success at the U of A the past three seasons, posting a record of 72-12-0 against conference opponents, 12-1-0 record in conference playoffs, 7-1-0 record in CIS University Cup games, 28-5-0 record in non-conference play and an overall record of 119-19-0.
"We are excited to add such highly regarded specialists as Andy O'Brien and Andreas Huppi to our staff," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. "We want to look at all aspects of how we train and prepare our players, how we can maximize performance and hopefully minimize injuries. We want to make sure they receive the best information available regarding training, nutrition, rehab and getting proper amounts of rest during a long season."