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Roundup: Hey everyone, let’s go to the AHL!

Feb 9, 2014, 4:37 PM EDT

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The transaction wire was busy today as teams sent down their eligible players to the American Hockey League for the duration of Olympic Break. Here’s a breakdown of who’s headed back to the farm for two weeks:

Tampa Bay: The Lightning sent forward Vladimir Namestnikov and goalie Kristers Gudlevskis back to AHL Syracuse. Namestnikov made his NHL debut against Detroit last night and Gudlevskis is off to Sochi where he’ll play goal for Latvia.

Phoenix: The Coyotes sent forward Tim Kennedy (pictured) and defenseman Connor Murphy back to Portland. Kennedy has two goals and eight points this season and Murphy has a goal and eight points himself.

New Jersey: The Devils sent 22-year-old defenseman Jon Merrill back to Albany. Merrill has impressed lately and scored the game-winning goal in overtime, his first career goal, on Friday against Edmonton. He and two other young blue liners have been the focus of some attention lately among Devils faithful.

Vancouver: The Canucks sent four players back to Utica in the AHL. Forwards Kellen Lain and Pascal Pelletier and defensemen Yann Sauve and Frank Corrado will spend Olympic break in Central New York after helping fill holes in the injury-riddled Canucks lineup of late.

Washington: The Capitals sent three players to Hershey. Forward Casey Wellman and defensemen Julien Brouillette and Patrick Wey were sent back to the AHL. For Brouillette, his brief stay in D.C. was a memorable one as he scored his first career NHL goal against New Jersey on Saturday.

  1. jpat2424 - Feb 9, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Maybe the Canucks should send everybody to Utica and send everybody from Utica to Vancouver. At least this way they might have a fighting chance.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      Can a team send their coach to the minors? No one specifically in mind, of course, just curious.

  2. csilojohnson - Feb 9, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Where is the rest of this article?

    • ignath - Feb 10, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      No doubt, did I miss something….have they reduced it down to only 5 teams in the NHL now or what?

  3. boltman23 - Feb 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Jets send Redmond and Odell to St. John. Guess it was to much to add everybody to list

  4. bmoreredfury311 - Feb 9, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    I think The Caps whole d-fence should go with Calle, down to Hershey and re-tool the whole system.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Feb 9, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      defense* my bad

  5. timmons94 - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Love the AHL. Can sit center ice for under 23 here in milwaukee. Same seat at united center 200-250. Lot of cold beers makes up the difference

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