New York draftee Calle Andersson — the son of former Ranger Peter Andersson — will reportedly leave Swiss side HC Lugano and play in North America next season, per the club’s website.
Andersson, who turned 21 in May, is coming off a very strong year. He performed well as one of Lugano’s youngest defensemen, scoring 17 points in 30 games and another three in six playoff appearances.
He also boasts both good hockey bloodlines — his dad, in addition to playing for the Rangers, also suited up for Florida and is now Lugano’s assistant coach — and size (Andersson’s listed at 6-foot-2, 212 pounds).
The Rangers’ fourth-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Andersson will reportedly spend next year on a two-way deal.
While he may get a shot at some cameo appearances in New York, it seems likely he’ll be on his way to AHL Hartford for some seasoning.
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.
Ryan Adorjan has been traveling in Peru for the last three months, during which time he both watched Jonathan Toews win the Stanley Cup on television… then met Jonathan Toews while hiking Machu Picchu. Decent little trip, that. (Oswego Only)
Former Kings, Devils and Hurricanes forward Andrei Loktionov is eyeing a return to the NHL. (Russia-Hockey.ru)
He hasn’t been asked yet, but Ryan Smyth has contemplated housing Connor McDavid this season in Edmonton. (NHL.com)
The Coyotes have hired Corey Schwab and Jon Elkin as their new goalie coaches. (Fox Sports Arizona)
Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon worked the drive-thru window of a Nova Scotia Tim Horton’s on Monday. Insert Ryan O’Reilly joke here. (The Chronicle Herald)
Kind move here from Minnesota d-man Mathew Dumba, who will be switching from No. 55 to No. 24 this season:
Boogaard, who passed away in 2011 from an accidental drug and alcohol overdose, wore No. 24 in Minnesota from 2006-10 and emerged as something of a cult figure, thanks in large part to his pugilistic skills.
His jersey eventually became one of the Wild’s top sellers.
Two other players have since worn No. 24 for Minnesota — Martin Havlat and, most recently, Matt Cooke. Like Dumba, Cooke reached out to Boogaard’s family to get their blessing.
“The team told me they’re OK with me wearing it because Marty [Havlat] wore it after [Boogaard],” Cooke said, per the Star-Tribune. “I don’t really feel comfortable putting it on without his mum and dad’s blessing. I’ve sent emails off to them. I want to let them know that by putting it on I’m absolutely not doing anything disrespectful. It’s been my only number in the NHL, but at the end of the day, I don’t want anyone’s feelings hurt.
“I don’t want anyone to think that I am being disrespectful and I want to make sure I take care of that before I even entertain the thought of putting it on.”
Cooke was bought out of the final year of his deal last month, which paved the way for Dumba to inherit No. 24.