Here's a look at Wednesday's roster moves as teams get under the salary cap and set their rosters before the season opens with five games on Thursday:
Souray headed for Hershey --
The Edmonton Oilers
found a home for 34-year-old defenseman Sheldon Souray
-- in Hershey. Souray, who was told by the Oilers not to report to training camp, will join Washington's AHL affiliate, the two-time defending Calder Cup champs.
"We've made an arrangement that he be sent to Hershey," Oilers GM Steve Tambellini. "He'll report there soon."
Now that he's been loaned to an AHL team, Souray would have to clear re-entry waivers if the Oilers wanted to trade him -- and they would be responsible for half of the remaining two years on his contract, reportedly worth about $9 million in cash but with a $5.4 million annual cap hit.
The Oilers also named Shawn Horcoff as their new captain
Devils put Salvador on IR, go with 20-man roster --
New Jersey will go with a 20-man roster, at least for Friday night's opener against Dallas. The Devils placed defenseman Bryce Salvador
(concussion) on Long-Term IR, designated defenseman Anssi Salmela
as an injured non-roster player as he recovers from surgery on his right knee--he hasn't passed a physical yet . Neither counts against the salary cap, and the moves got the Devils just under the $59.4 million cap. New Jersey also sent defenseman Matt Taormina
to Albany of the AHL and called up center Adam Henrique
from the A-Devils. The Devils have exactly 20 players -- 12 forwards, six defensemen and goaltenders Martin Brodeur
and Johan Hedberg
-- on their roster as they prepare to start the season.
Wings demote Maltby and Meech --
Detroit sent forward Kirk Maltby
and defenseman Derek Meech
to Grand Rapids of the AHL after both players cleared waivers. Maltby reportedly will take some time to decide if he wants to report to the Griffins or retire. For more, click here
Canucks-Panthers swap --
Vancouver made its second deal in two days, sending forward Darcy Hordichuk
to Florida for forward Andrew Peters
, who signed with the Panthers during the summer. Hordichuk had cleared waivers earlier.
Flyers get to limit --
Philadelphia will start the season with goaltender Michael Leighton
and forward Ian Laperriere
on the injured list. The Flyers also loaned forward Andreas Nodl
to the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL.
Drury, Prospal to IR --
The New York Rangers
got down to 23 players by placing forwards Chris Drury
and Vaclav Prospal
on injured reserve. Drury has a broken left index finger but is skating and should be back soon. Prospal has a sore right knee and is not expected back anytime soon.
"I don't expect him for a little bit here," coach John Tortorella told the Rangers website when asked about Prospal. "It's a player that adds enthusiasm into the locker room and is an important guy for us. But we can't depend on that because it's such an iffy situation now. So we need to understand that we need to be playing without him right now."
Both Todd White
and Tim Kennedy
passed through waivers and are still with the team.
Canadiens send quintet to AHL --
Montreal sent five players -- goaltender Curtis Sanford
, forwards Ben Maxwell
and Ryan White
and defensemen Alex Henry
and Yannick Weber
-- to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. The Canadiens hope to have starting goalie Carey Price
available for Thursday's opener in Toronto -- he's reportedly been under the weather with the flu. Price and injured defenseman Andrei Markov
sat out practice on Wednesday.
Penguins send Despres back to juniors, Tangradi to ECHL --
Pittsburgh returned defenseman Simon Despres
, their first-rounder in 2009, to Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Coach Dan Bylsma
said the decision was made because there weren't going to be a lot of minutes available on the blue line and "I'm not sure sticking around and not playing is best for his development."
The Penguins also placed forward Caey Pierro-Zabotel and defenseman Alex Grant
on the injured reserve list and center Jordan Staal
on the injured-non roster list. In addition, they sent forward Alex Tangradi to Wheeling of the ECHL, while recalling goaltender Patrick Killeen
from the Nailers.
Sabres demote two, sign Parrish --
Buffalo sent goaltender Jhonas Enroth
and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani
to Portland of the AHL to get down to the 23-player limit. Patrick Lalime
will back up Ryan Miller
with the Sabres while Enroth plays with the Pirates.
The Sabres have also signed 33-year-old forward Mark Parrish
and loaned him to Portland. Parrish has 216 goals and 387 points in 720 career NHL games with Florida, NY Islanders, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Dallas and Tampa Bay.
Preds get to 23 --
Nashville reached the 23-player limit by putting forward Jamie Lundmark
on IR. The Predators will go with rookie Anders Lindback
to back up Pekka Rinne
Brent, Zigomanis make Leafs -- Tim Brent
and Mike Zigomanis
will center lines for Toronto when Montreal comes to the Air Canada Centre on Thursday. Both players were on the final 23-man roster; Toronto put defenseman Matt Lashoff
Islanders pare de Haan, Martin --
The Islanders sent defenseman Calvin de Haan
back to the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, opting to let the 12th pick in the 2009 Entry Draft play another season in junior hockey. They also sent forward Matt Martin
to AHL Bridgeport. Michael Grabner
, a forward claimed on waivers from Florida on Tuesday, is likely to be scratched for the Isles' first two games to let him get used to coach Scott Gordon
Lightning demote Roy --
Tampa Bay assigned defenseman Matt Roy to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League to get down to the roster limit.
Thrashers place two on IR --
Atlanta got down to the roster limit by placing forward Jim Slater
on the injured/non-roster list and forward Andrew Kozek
Flames demote Sutter
-- Brett Sutter
, son of Flames GM Darryl Sutter
and nephew of coach Brent Sutter
, cleared waivers and was sent to Abbotsville of the AHL. The Flames open in Edmonton on Thursday.
Coyotes send Goncharov to AHL
-- Defenseman Maxim Goncharov
, a fifth-round pick in 2007 who played in the KHL last season, was sent to San Antonio of the AHL as the Coyotes got down to the roster limit.
Ducks put two on IR
-- Anaheim placed forwards Joffrey Lupul
and Jason Jaffray
on IR and designated veteran defenseman Toni Lydman
as an injured non-roster player. Lupul missed most of last season with a back injury that required surgery and an infection that followed a second operation.