On the heels of re-signing Travis Moen, adding J.J. Daigneault to the coaching staff and wrapping up some smaller deals, the Montreal Canadiens reportedly made another noteworthy decision today. Much like with Mathieu Darche, the Habs have decided to let forward Brad Staubitz hit the unrestricted free agent market (according to Renaud Lavoie).
Staubitz scored one goal and zero assists between his 19 games with Montreal and 43 contests with the Minnesota Wild last season. Obviously, scoring points isn’t a major part of his job description, though. According to Hockey Fights, Staubitz was one of the league leaders in fighting majors with 15 in 2011-12.
There probably won’t be a huge market for Staubitz, but he at least brings some versatility to the table. He’s played defense a bit in his career, so he might be at least a little more useful – and marketable – than your typical fighter.
Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.
Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.
Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.
Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)
While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)
Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)
With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)
The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (NHL.com)