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Hurricanes reassign nine to Charlotte, add LaRose

by Staff

The Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday reduced their training camp roster by nine players and added forward Chad LaRose on a professional tryout.

Defensemen Trevor Carrick, Dennis Robertson and Keegan Lowe, and goaltender Daniel Altshuller, were assigned to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. Forwards Ben Holmstrom, Justin Shugg, Greg Nemisz and Jared Staal will report to Charlotte pending waivers. Forward Kyle Hagel was released.

Staal, 24, is the younger brother of Carolina forwards Eric and Jordan Staal. He had seven points in 50 games for the Checkers last season.

LaRose, 30, signed a one-year contract with Charlotte in July after not playing professional hockey last season. He spent eight seasons with the Hurricanes, from 2005 to 2013, was a member of their Stanley Cup-winning team in 2006, and has 180 points (85 goals, 95 assists) and 286 penalty minutes in 508 games.


Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis was among 25 players assigned to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL on Saturday.

A fifth-round pick (No. 124) of the Lightning in the 2013 NHL Draft, Gudlevskis made his NHL debut last season, stopping 36 shots in a 3-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 11. He also appeared in two Stanley Cup Playoff games in relief of Anders Lindback in Games 2 and 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round.

The Lightning also sent two players to their respective junior teams and released veteran goalie Peter Mannino from his professional tryout.

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The Washington Capitals on Saturday assigned the following players to Hershey of the AHL: Stanislav Galiev, Caleb Herbert, Tim Kennedy, Jon Landry and Mike Moore.

Vitek Vanecek (Liberec, Czech Extraliga) and Jakub Vrana (Linkoping HC, Sweden) were released to their respective teams.

Vrana, the No. 13 pick in the 2014 draft, split last season with Linkoping and its junior team. His eight goals at the 2014 Under-18 World Championships helped lead the Czech Republic to a silver medal.


The Winnipeg Jets reassigned the following seven players to St. John's of the AHL: Austen Brassard, Brenden Kichton, Scott Kosmachuk, Julian Melchiori, Jussi Olkinuora, Ryan Olsen and Will O'Neill


The St. Louis Blues on Saturday trimmed their training camp roster by five players. Forwards Cody Beach, Patrick Cannone, Sebastian Wannstrom and Jeremy Welsh, and defenseman David Shields, were assigned to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL before the Blues' 4-2 preseason loss to the Dallas Stars. After that game, the Blues sent goaltender Jordan Binnington, defenseman Brent Regner and forwards John McCarthy, Philip McRae and Ty Rattie to Chicago.


The Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday assigned forward Tyler Biggs and goaltender Garret Sparks to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. Forwards Trevor Smith and Spencer Abbott, and defenseman Kevin Marshall, each cleared waivers and will report to the Marlies.

The Maple Leafs have 36 players remaining on their training camp roster.


The Calgary Flames assigned 11 players to Adirondack of the AHL: Forwards Trevor Gillies, Ben Hanowski, Mathieu Tousignant, Bryce Van Brabant, Curtis Gedig, Kenny Agostino, Garnet Hathaway and David Wolf, defenseman Dustin Stevenson, and goalies Doug Carr and Brad Thiessen.

Defenseman Keegan Kanzig was returned to his junior team, Victoria of the Western Hockey League.

The Flames have 45 players remaining at camp.


The New Jersey Devils assigned 19 players to Albany of the AHL: Goaltender Maxime Clermont, defensemen Brandon Burlon, Joe Faust, Raman Hrabarenka, Dan Kelly and Reece Scarlett, and forwards Myles Bell, Graham Black, Ben Johnson, Chris McKelvie, Rod Pelley, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Ben Thomson, Paul Thompson, Scott Timmins, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac and Kelly Zajac.

The Devils have 39 players remaining on their camp roster.


The Los Angeles Kings on Saturday assigned right wing Brian O'Neill to Manchester of the AHL.

O'Neill, 26, had a career-high 26 goals, 21 assists and 47 points in 60 games last season with the Monarchs, and a goal in four playoff games.

The Kings have 36 players remaining on their training camp roster.


The San Jose Sharks assigned three players to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, leaving them with a training camp roster of 42. Defenseman Gus Young and centers Bryan Lerg and Micheal Haley were sent to Worcester. All were signed as free agents.


The Pittsburgh Penguins assigned defenseman Reid McNeill and forwards Jayson Megna and Dominik Uher to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL after their 2-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Pittsburgh has 34 players remaining in camp; 19 forwards, 12 defensemen and 3 goaltenders.


The Arizona Coyotes sent 10 players to their AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, and released three others.

The players sent to Portland include a pair of first-round draft picks, goaltender Mark Visentin (2010) and forward Henrik Samuelsson (2012). Each was the 27th player taken in his draft year.

The Coyotes released defenseman Jamie McBain and forwards Krys Barch and Matt Kassian.

Arizona has 32 players remaining in camp.


The Nashville Predators sent 19 players to their AHL team, the Milwaukee Admirals, and released eight others from professional tryout agreements. The Predators have 28 players remaining in camp.


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