Stanley Cup champion Trevor Lewis has a new place to play thanks to the lockout.
The ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies announced they signed Lewis to a deal to play for them. There he’ll be joining up with Montreal’s Colby Armstrong as well as former NHLers Riley Armstrong and Brad Mills.
Lewis is a Salt Lake City native, so joining up with the local squad makes plenty of sense to get some games in. He’s not the only Kings player in the ECHL right now as Kyle Clifford is with the Ontario Reign in Southern California.
Last season with the Kings, Lewis had three goals and four assists during the regular season but became a playoff hero of sorts adding another three goals and six assists on L.A.’s march to the title.
A lot of NHL players are probably getting itchy to play some hockey thanks to the lockout and that means looking to play anywhere, even Utah.
Such is the case for new Montreal Canadiens forward Colby Armstrong as he signed a lockout deal with the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies. He’ll join the team and begin practicing and working out with them immediately. Making things a little easier? His brother Riley is the captain there.
Seeing NHL players in the ECHL, essentially hockey’s version of AA-level baseball, isn’t anything new during the work stoppage. The Alaska Aces locked in Brandon Dubinsky, Nate Thompson, Joey Crabb, and Scott Gomez while Colorado’s Ryan O’Byrne is with the Florida Everblades.
With NHL labor talks getting serious now, you have to wonder if we might see more players taking a quick trip to the ECHL in order to get in shape for a possible shortened season.