When word broke that Sonny Milano decided to continue his hockey career in the OHL rather than NCAA, the implications were pretty heavy that the Columbus Blue Jackets were nudging him in that direction. The organization once again denied such accusations about the franchise favoring Milano playing for the Plymouth Whalers instead of Boston College next season, as the Columbus Dispatch reports.
“We have a lot of respect for Boston College and their program, their ability to develop players,” Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. “We have the same kind of respect for Plymouth and their ability to develop players … which is why we didn’t get involved in (Milano’s) decision. We left it up to the kid from the get-go.”
Boston College coach Jerry York’s comments fueled such speculation the most:
Earlier in August, Milano made some flattering statements about going the NCAA route:
Whatever might be true, it’s easy to see why Kekalainen doesn’t want to burn bridges with Boston College. The Dispatch notes that he’s known York for “many years.”
Regardless, the Blue Jackets GM acknowledged that the “situation has changed” with the 18-year-old as far as the team’s ability to sign him to an entry-level contract, although Kekalainen states that a deal is not yet on the table.
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.
The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.
Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.
The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.
Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.
DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.
The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.
Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.
Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.
As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.
“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”