ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman John Carlson, one of their two first-round choices (27th overall) in the 2008 Entry Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Carlson, 18, is a 6’3”, 210-pound native of Natick, Mass., who is in his first season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In 12 games this season he has recorded 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) and is +11. Carlson played two preseason games with the Capitals this season and recorded 2 assists.
Carlson played the last two seasons with the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League (USHL), where he registered 43 points (12 goals, 31 assists) and led all defenseman on the team in scoring during the 2007-08 regular season. He was also named to the 2008 USHL All-Star East Division team where he recorded an assist.
The Atlanta Thrashers have recalled goaltender Ondrej Pavelec from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.
Matt Ellis cleared waivers today and was assigned to the Portland Pirates in the American Hockey League.
Ellis (8/31/1981, 6’, 207 lbs.) played seven games with the Buffalo Sabres in the 2008-09 season, registering nine shots.
Splitting last season between Detroit and Los Angeles, the forward picked up eight points (3+5) in 54 games.
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has recalled forward David Jones from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League.
Jones was loaned to Lake Erie yesterday (Thursday, Nov. 6) to make a roster spot for defenseman Kyle Cumiskey. Jones, 24, has appeared in 10 games for the Avalanche this season, tallying a goal and one assist.
The Avalanche was granted a non-roster exemption, as forward Cody McCormick has been given permission to leave the team for personal reasons.
The Atlanta Thrashers have assigned forward Brett Sterling to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward T.J. Hensick has been recalled from the Lake Erie Monsters, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate. He will be available for tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild.
It’s Hensick’s first call-up of the season from Lake Erie where he leads the Monsters in scoring (6g/7a) and is tied for fifth among all AHL scorers. His three power play goals lead the Monsters.
MONTREAL—Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Wednesday the signing of forward David Desharnais to a two-year, two-way contract (2008-09 to 2009-10). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
This season, Desharnais registered 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists) and is a plus-2 through 11 games with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. He participated in his first training camp with the Canadiens this season, and recorded two points in three preseason games (0-2-2).
Dallas Stars Press Release:
FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed right wing Mark Parrish to a one-year contract worth $500,000.
“We feel that Mark will bring a great deal of experience and leadership to our club, as an established veteran in this league,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “He is a talented player with some obvious two-way capabilities and we feel he will be a positive addition to our group.”
Parrish, 31, skated in 66 games with Minnesota last season, notching 16 goals and 14 assists for 30 points. He served as captain for the Wild for the month of December 2007, his third monthly stint as Minnesota’s captain (February 2007 and March/April 2007). The native of Bloomington, Minn., has skated in 660 career NHL games with the Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild, registering 208 goals and 164 assists for 372 points.
The 5-11, 199-pound right wing has also skated in 27 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording five goals and four assists for nine points. His most prolific NHL season came in 2001-02 with the Islanders, when he scored 30 goals, 30 assists and 60 points, all career highs, and earned a spot in the 2002 NHL All-Star Game. He has scored 16 or more goals in each of his nine NHL seasons.
Originally selected by Colorado in the fourth round (79th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Parrish skated for Team USA at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. He also donned a USA jersey at the 2001 World Championships, and the 1996 and 1997 World Junior Championships.
Skating at St. Cloud State University from 1995-97, Parrish earned NCAA West Second All-American Team honors and led the WCHA in goals in 1997. In 74 games at SCSU, Parrish recorded 42 goals and 28 assists for 70 points. In 54 games with WHL Seattle in 1997-98, Parrish collected 92 points (54 goals, 38 assists) to earn team MVP and First-Team WHL All-Star honors.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled goaltender Steve Mason from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, and have assigned goaltender Dan LaCosta to the Crunch, Blue Jackets’ General Manager Scott Howson announced today.
Mason, 20, has gone 2-1-0 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in three games with Syracuse this season. Playing his first professional season, he ranks third in the AHL in goals-against average and is fifth in save percentage.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled center Garth Murray from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.
Murray, 26, has appeared in nine games for San Antonio this season, recording 4-1-5 and 32 penalty minutes (PIM). His is tied for the team-lead in goals and ranks 4th in points and PIM. Murray also scored two goals in seven preseason games for the Coyotes this year.
Murray began last season with the Montreal Canadiens and appeared in one game before being claimed off waivers by the Florida Panthers. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Murray then suffered a season-ending shoulder injury after playing in six games and collecting 19 PIM with the Panthers.
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