Big moves like David Clarkson’s terrible contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs get a lot of attention, yet there are often under-the-radar signings that are pretty lousy in their own right.
Many were excited when the Nashville Predators added Viktor Stalberg to the mix, but he just hasn’t worked out. He was placed on waivers for the second time in 2015 on Sunday, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie.
The Predators also reassigned Anthony Bitetto on a busy day for the organization.
In other waiver news, the New York Islanders moved bruising defenseman Matt Carkner from IR to waivers.
The last bit of minor news is that the Dallas Stars sent Travis Morin to the AHL on Sunday, the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika reports.
It was just one game, but it’s a solid start for the New York Islanders.
After they endured a disappointing campaign in 2013-14, GM Garth Snow sought to remake his team and those new additions led the Islanders in their 5-3 victory over Carolina Friday night.
Mikhail Grabovski scored his first goal with the Islanders after inking a four-year, $20 million contract. Defenseman Nick Leddy logged 18:29 minutes following his acquisition from Chicago. And then there was Johnny Boychuk.
The former Boston Bruins defenseman was one of the best players on the ice tonight. He scored the opening goal of the game and added two assists while recording a game-high 23:11 minutes.
Sophomore Brock Nelson also had a big game with two goals and four points after recording just 26 points in all of 2013-14.
The Islanders enjoyed 3-0 and 4-1 leads, but the Hurricanes deserve credit for not quitting on this game. They continued to battle in the latter half of the third period and managed to pull within two goals. With less than six minutes left, Chris Terry fired a one-timer past goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who was also making his Islanders debut. Carolina forward Eric Staal then scored a power-play marker with just 1:34 remaining in regulation time.
It was too little, too late for a Carolina squad hoping to hand Bill Peters a victory in his head coaching debut, but it might provide the team with some momentum going into tomorrow night’s rematch at Nassau Coliseum.
The Hurricanes were without Jeff Skinner (concussion) and Jordan Staal (leg). The Islanders are missing defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky (back), Matt Carkner (upper body), and Calvin De Haan (upper body).
PHT already made note of some significant (and smaller) IR moves on Tuesday, but in a quest to graciously save you some clicks, here’s a collection of some of the other injured reserve placements of note. Some could be a pretty big deal, too.
(Note: this is a good spot to mention other IR assignments in the comments section if there are any important omissions.)
- The Anaheim Ducks placed Dany Heatley and Kyle Palmieri on IR, according to the OC Register’s Eric Stephens.
- Cody Franson is on Toronto’s IR and ruled himself out of the Maple Leafs’ season-opener, TSN’s Jonas Siegel reports. It looks like Franson is dealing with knee issues.
- The Nashville Predators placed Viktor Stalberg and Matt Cullen on IR while Mike Fisher remains on the non-roster IR. This marks another tough beginning to the season for Stalberg, who was banged-up heading into his Nashville debut in 2013-14.
- Not too surprising considering possible surgery, but the Calgary Flames placed Sam Bennett on injured reserve. Corey Potter received the same treatment. Both are dealing with shoulder issues.
- The New York Islanders placed Lubomir Visnovsky (back) and Matt Carkner (upper body) on injured reserve. The hope for an up-and-coming Isles team is that “Lubo” will indeed be day-to-day, as he could be a key blueliner if healthy. Sadly, that’s been a big “if” during much of his career.
- The Dallas Stars made the expected official by placing Sergei Gonchar and Rich Peverley on IR (Peverley’s situation is long-term, obviously), according to the Dallas Morning News.
- Also expected: Brenden Morrow’s on Tampa Bay’s IR list. The Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson indicates that this situation may still be in flux, though.
- Tyler Kennedy’s on IR and won’t be available for the San Jose Sharks’ season-opener, the Mercury News reports.
- Eric O’Dell (upper body) and Patrice Cormier (eye) are on Winnipeg’s IR.
- The Chicago Blackhawks placed Brandon Mashinter (lower body) on IR, CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers reports.
(Note: Rotoworld’s a helpful resource for injury updates small and large. If you ever need a quick look at league-wide injuries, this page is a great resource.)