Category: Featured

Rod Pelley (10)

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12 year veteran center Rod Pelley(10) switches coasts for his next stop, signing a 1-year deal with Stockton Heat after being a Calgary Flames‘ training camp invite.

He spent the last four seasons as Albany Devils‘ captain keeping him within arms’ reach of New Jersey Devils, the team he initially came up with.

The not exactly big, scrappy forward played almost 4 campaigns exclusively in the NHL skating 256 games as fourth line energy guy.

He’s currently on the books as having skated 491 AHL games, which means he’ll cross that minor league benchmark in the upcoming season.

Never the biggest point-getter, he had 13 points in each of his last three years but it’s likely he’ll be given the “C” for his jersey

When the soon-to-be 34-year old will stop, seems to be entirely up to him.

Peter Mueller (88)

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10th year, former Arizona Coyotes‘ 1st round pick in the 2006 draft (8th overall), center Peter Mueller(88) jumps ship after a year with Providence Bruins to EC Salzburg of Erste Bank Eishockey Liga.

He put up decent numbers scoring 13 goals and 12 assists in 56 AHL games, his first time skating for a minor league club.

The 6’2″ 209 lbs. forward played 6 seasons under an NHL contract but missed the entire 2010/2011 with post-concussion syndrome and had signed with St. Louis Blues for 2014/2015, but decided to opt out for a 2nd campaign for EHC Kloten of NLA, where he put up his best numbers: a league leading 24 goals and 23 assists.

It’s easy to think the 29-year will once again elevate his game in Austria but might move on elsewhere if that happens.

Tomas Kubalik (81)

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11th year right wing Tomas Kubalik(81) decides enough is enough and heads home to Czech Extraliga joining HC Dukla Jihlav for 2017/2018.

He somewhat unsuccessfully split last season with HC Slovan Bratislava of the KHL and Liiga‘s Sport.

The big forward had a much better showing in 2014/2015, when he was skating for ERC Ingolstadt scoring 14 goals and 13 assists in 47 DEL games.

He’s never been able to match the 53 points (24-29) through 74 AHL games he posted as a rookie with Springfield Falcons while under contract with draft club Columbus Blue Jackets.

There’s an argument that he wasn’t ever given enough time to prove himself in the big league as he seemed decently successful with the parent club when recalled.

At 27-years old, he’s still pretty young but may have decided that he’s done going on adventures to play hockey anymore.

That said, he should do very well in the top pro league of his land.

Malcolm Subban (30)

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5th year goaltender Malcolm Subban(30) was waived by draft team Boston Bruins for reassignment as the new season was set to begin.

He did not make it through the wire as Las Vegas Golden Knights stepped in and claimed him to be their NHL back-up.

The 6’2″ 200 lbs. net minder has been unlucky in a pair of starts in the big league, but has pretty stellar marks in the minors with Providence Bruins posting a 2.40 GAA and .918 SV% in 127 AHL games and even better come playoff time.

He has yet to appear in a game with his new club but odds are the 23-year old, who signed a new two-year deal, will have better results.

His mask from a few years ago had psalm 23:4 written on its back panel.

Wade Murphy (12)

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Worcester Railers‘ rookie right wing Wade Murphy(12) scores the first goal in franchise history at the 10:13 mark of the first period to open the scoring in a 4-3 hometown team win in front of 12,135 at the DCU Center over rivals Manchester Monarchs.

He started his pro career on an ato with the opponents late last season after a pair of campaigns at Arizona State University and University Of North Dakota scoring 2 goals and 4 assists in 14 ECHL games.

The 6′ 190 lbs. forward was a Nashville Predators‘ 7th round pick in the 2013 draft (#185 overall) but never signed.

The almost 24-year old is off to a nice start with his new club.

Stephon Williams (35)

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After two seasons in draft team (4th round in 2013, #106 overall) New York Islanders‘ prospect system, goaltender Stephon Williams(35) failed to snag a qualifying offer to stay despite putting up some ok numbers.

He played 58 AHL games with affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers posting a 24-27-2 record with a 2.84 GAA and .899 SV%

The fairly large 6’3″ 195 lbs. net minder was assigned down on a couple of occasions to Kansas City Mavericks.

In 15 ECHL he had similar stats to what he posted in the higher league.

Through four years at Minnesota State University though, he was a feared backstop, twice winning the NCAA/WCHA Championship (2014 & 2015) and was also named goaltending champion for 2013 and 2015.

The 24-year old recently secured a new one-year deal to join San Jose Barracuda for 2016/2017 and should help them continue to excel.

Andrew Desjardins (11)

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11th year center Andrew Desjardins(11) was left without an offer to continue with Chicago Blackhawks.

He spent the last pair of seasons and later part of 2014/2015 with the team after a trade from original squad San Jose Sharks and skated 21 playoff games en route to the 2015 Stanley Cup Championship.

The 6’1″ 195 lbs. forward was offered a training camp invite by New York Rangers but was a late cut as the new season approached.

It didn’t take long for the agitating fourth liner to sign his first deal overseas joining Adler Mannheim of DEL.

He has always worked for every break he’s received, from his first contract with Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League to the next deal with Phoenix Roadrunners that lasted only 5 ECHL games before being loaned up to Worcester Sharks.

Known as a tough to play against instigator, he would sign a first big league contract towards the end of the 2009/2010 campaign, then split his time between the two leagues before being a full-time NHL player in 2011/2012 and has amassed 408 games.

The 31-year old will likely perform well in Germany’s top league and could spend a few seasons there before deciding to hang up the skates.

Mike Halmo (91)

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6th year left wing Mike Halmo(91) was a group 6 unrestricted free agent under contract with Tampa Bay Lightning for 2016/2017.

Without a new deal he leaves for new territory securing a late summer one-year agreement with HC Bolzano Foxes and is off to a solid start with a goal and two assists in 4 Erste Bank Eishockey Liga games to start the new season.

The hard-skating forward will likely surpass his AHL career high totals of 22 goals and 41 points from 2015/2016, while skating for Bridgeport Sound Tigers. 

He spent the first four years of his pro career with New York Islanders, where as a sophomore player he played 20 games in the big league scoring his one and only NHL point, a goal.

The 26-year old may have left to pursue options overseas but he likely to be just getting started in Austria.

Turner Elson (15)

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Undrafted 5th year left wing Turner Elson(15) was left unqualified for a 2nd time by Colorado Avalanche after signing a 1-year 2-way deal on opening day of unrestricted free agency.

He skated only 13 AHL games with affiliate San Antonio Rampage last season as he was fallen by a lower body injury for most of the campaign.

The 6′ 190 lbs. high energy player was left unsigned following his third year with original squad Calgary Flames, where he played in a career high 63 games with farm club Stockton Heat scoring a new best 16 assists and tying his 30 point mark.

He also earned his first game with the big club in 2015/2016 and got himself a helper.

As a rookie, he was reassigned further down to Alaska Aces for 18 ECHL games and was virtually a point-per-game performer, then continued to put up points in the playoffs en route to winning the 2014 Kelly Cup Championship.

Although the 25-year old was cut loose, he had no problem finding another suitor, securing a 1-year 2-way deal with Detroit Red Wings.

Sent to the minors a few days before the start of the new calendar, he got right to work with Grand Rapid Griffins and already has a goal and 4 assists in 2 appearances.

He’s letting his new team know he’s ready for more at the highest level.

Victory Bartley (78)

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9th year defenseman Victor Bartley(78) leaves North America for his second tour of Swedish pro hockey signing a one-year deal with Orebro HK of the SHL.

He last played in the 2nd tier league Allsvenskan in 2010/2011 before agreeing to an entry level contract with Nashville Predators to return.

The sturdy blue liner spent 5 campaigns with the club including two full seasons exclusively in the NHL.

He has never quite put up big numbers but is a steady presence in the defensive zone.

Under contract with Minnesota Wild last year, the 29-year old was unable to play even a single game because of a torn tricep injury requiring surgery and should be able to rebound and find a good spot with his new squad.