The Washington Capitals don’t need a new second-line center to replace Mike Ribeiro — they’ve already got one on the roster, according to general manager George McPhee.
And that guy is…Brooks Laich.
(So much for Mikhail Grabovski.)
Injuries limited Laich to just nine regular-season games in 2013, but the 30-year-old has put up good offensive numbers in the past. His best season was 2009-10, when he scored 25 goals and added 34 assists in 78 games.
“You need a good two-way player to play there,” said McPhee, referring to Laich.
Ribeiro, who signed a four-year deal with the Coyotes on Friday, finished 2013 with 49 points — one more than Washington’s top center, Nicklas Backstrom — but it doesn’t sound like McPhee was overly enthralled with Ribeiro’s defensively play.
Not that McPhee wanted to lose him. He told reporters the club made its best offer to Ribeiro, as well as Matt Hendricks (signed with the Preds), at the trade deadline.
The San Jose Sharks have assigned forwards Nikolay Goldobin and Melker Karlsson and defenseman Mirco Mueller to AHL San Jose.
Goldobin and Mueller are both first-round picks — the former in 2014, the latter in 2013.
Goldobin had one goal and two assists in five preseason games. It’s possible he could be called back up when the NHL suspends Raffi Torres.
Torres remains part of the 23-man roster (see below) but is facing a lengthy ban for his hit on Anaheim’s Jakub Silfverberg. Torres has a hearing today.
Rookie defenseman Dylan DeMelo is also on the roster. The 22-year-old had one goal and two assists in four preseason games.
Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.
Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.
While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.
A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.