The San Jose Sharks have assigned forward Matt Pelech back to the Worcester Sharks in the American Hockey League, as per David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News.
In six games with the Sharks, the 26-year-old Pelech has one goal and 22 penalty minutes.
Coming back to the Sharks are a pair of forwards from Worcester – center Freddie Hamilton and winger Matt Nieto – as per Pollak and the AHL transactions page on the league’s website.
The Sharks have lost their last two games, after going on a six-game winning streak through the end of November into the beginning of December.
The San Jose Sharks have acquired Mike Brown from the Edmonton Oilers, in exchange for a fourth-round pick in next year’s NHL Draft.
The Sharks announced the trade not long after defeating the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 in the shootout on Monday evening.
“Mike plays a speed game and fits the ‘Fast, Hard and Supportive’ mantra that our team wants to play with,” said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson in a statement.
“He is a player with tremendous character, knows the Western Conference well and brings a tough, physical ingredient to our line-up.”
Brown, 28, has played in 289 NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Oilers.
In that span, he’s scored 15 goals and 26 points. So, the Sharks didn’t acquire him for his offensive skills. They got him for his grit. He has accrued 591 penalty minutes over the course of his career.
The Sharks also announced that defenseman Dan Boyle has been placed on injured reserve.
Last week, Boyle had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher when he was hit from behind into the boards by St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre.
Lapierre was handed a five-game suspension by the NHL for the hit.
The Sharks have also announced that forwards Freddie Hamilton and John McCarthy from the Worcester Sharks in the American Hockey League, while forward Matt Pelech has been reassigned to Worcester.
The Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks each brought rookies up from their AHL affiliates on Monday — the Sabres recalled 2013 first-rounder Rasmus Ristolainen from AHL Rochester while the Sharks recalled forwards Freddie Hamilton and John McCarthy.
Ristolainen, the eighth overall selection in this year’s draft, has played in eight games for the Sabres this season and was brought back to Buffalo after a quick 48-hour trip to Rochester.
The 18-year-old has gone scoreless over his eight NHL games, recording one penalty and a minus-4 rating.
As for the Sharks, they recalled Hamilton and McCarthy at the expense of forward Matt Pelech, who has been returned to AHL Worcester.
McCarthy, 27, has 53 career NHL appearances — including two this season — while Hamilton, the older brother of Boston defenseman Dougie Hamilton, has yet to make his NHL debut.