- On Monday, the Kansas City Smoke activated C Mike Rivera and D Alex Angelos from the injured list. Both players had missed extended periods with lower-body injuries. Angelos had been sidelined for almost a month, and Rivera for even longer. To make room for their return, the Smoke placed D Rodney Black on the injured list and sent F Randy O’Connor to their affiliate in Omaha. Black suffered a lower-body injury in Sunday’s game against Portland. In a related move, Omaha released RW Red Bright. He appeared in 1 game for Omaha without recording a point.
- On Wednesday, the Boston Badgers‘ CHL affiliate in Hartford activated RW Felix Delorme from the injured list. Delorme was sidelines for almost three weeks with a lower-body injury. To accommodate Delorme’s return, Hartford released F Caleb Moulton. The 25-year-old Moulton appeared in 5 games with Hartford, recording 2 assists and a 53.1 CF%.
The SHL selected Kansas City Smoke G Rocky Goldmire as its Player of the Week. Goldmire is the first member of the Smoke ever to receive Player of the Week honors. Kansas City won’t be going to be postseason, but they finish the season with a winning week that got them out of the Western Division basement. Goldmire’s quality goaltending was a key factor in the Smoke’s success. For the week, he posted a 2-1-0 record with a 1.00 GAA and a .971 save percentage.
Both of Goldmire’s victories came via the shutout. On Sunday, the KC netminder made 39 stops in a 2-0 victory over Portland. Then on Thursday, he turned aside all 29 shots to secure a 3-0 win over the playoff-bound Growlers in Milwaukee. Goldmire finishes the season with a 21-25-1 record, a 3.38 GAA, and a .903 save percentage.
“Playing goalie on this team is tough, because you know you’re going to face a ton of shots,” said Smoke coach Randy Bergner. “Some goalies just can’t handle that kind of barrage, but Rocky seems to thrive on it. I think it keeps him on his toes. I hope that he has a long and successful career here. I guess it doesn’t matter for me, since I’ve already been fired, but I like the guy.”
- On Wednesday, the Kansas City Smoke‘s CHL affiliate in Omaha signed D Fyodor Agronozov to a short-term contract. Omaha had an opening on its roster, and found itself shy of blueliners after a rash of injuries in the organization, most recently to rookie Fabian Czerkawski. The 27-year-old Agronozov appeared in 16 games earlier in the season with Idaho, recording 4 goals and 6 assists. He also appeared in 32 games for Omaha last season,
- On Monday, the Hamilton Pistols‘ CHL affiliate in Oshawa activated LW Malcolm Shaw from the injured list. Shaw was sidelined for the last two and a half weeks with a lower-body injury. To make room for Shaw’s returned, Oshawa released F Tim Daisey. Daisey appeared in 3 games with Oshawa, recording no points.
- On Wednesday, the Anchorage Igloos activated C Jake Frost from the injured list. Frost missed the last 10 games with an upper-body injury. Frost’s return will allow him to resume his chase for the scoring title; he had the league lead in goals at the time of his injury, and dropped to a tie for third during his absence. To make room for Frost’s return, the Igloos reassigned RW Mark Winters to their CHL affiliate in Minnesota. Winters, making his SHL debut, appeared in 3 games for Minnesota, recording 2 assists. In order to accommodate Winters’ return, Minnesota released F Caleb Moulton.
- Also on Wednesday, the Pistols placed C Marco Venezio on the injured list. Venezio suffered an upper-body injury after Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime win over Kansas City. (More information here.) He is expected to be out of action for 2 to 3 weeks. The team did not make a compensating move at this time, counting on veteran F Phil Miller to take Venezio’s spot in the lineup during his absence.
- In one more Wednesday move, the Kansas City Smoke promoted D Melchior Okonseniak from their affiliate in Omaha. The Smoke had an open roster spot after placing Alex Angelos on the injured list last week. After D Lowell Sharkey suffered an injury on Tuesday that left him day-to-day, Kansas City needed an extra defenseman. The 20-year-old Okonseniak is one of Omaha’s leading scorers, with 19 goals and 22 assists on the season.
- On Friday, the Saskatchewan Shockers placed LW Yuri Laronov on the injured list. Laronov suffered a lower-body injury during Thursday’s 2-1 win over Washington. The injury is expected to end Laronov’s season. The Shockers filled Laronov’s roster spot by recalling F Gene Kennedy from their farm team in Idaho. Kennedy started the season with Saskatchewan, but was demoted at midseason.
- Also on Friday, the Michigan Gray Wolves placed RW Benoit Poulin on the injured list. Poulin had to be carted off the ice on a stretcher after crashing head-first into the boards during Thursday’s 2-1 win over Quebec. He later underwent surgery and is finished for the season. The Wolves elected not to make another roster move at this time.
- On Saturday, the Portland Bluebacks activated C Napoleon Beasley from the injured list. Beasley missed almost a month with a serious lower-body injury. With Beasley back to center the second line, the Bluebacks will renew their season-long quest to climb out of last place. To accommodate Beasley’s return, the Bluebacks reassigned C Palmer Mitchell to their farm team in Colorado Springs. It was Mitchell’s second stint with Portland; in 31 total games with the Bluebacks, the center has recorded 8 points (1 goal, 7 assists). With Mitchell returning, Colorado Springs released F Jerry Cazenovia.
- Also on Saturday, the Boston Badgers‘ affiliate in Hartford placed RW Felix Delorme on the injured list. Delorme appeared to hyper-extend his knee coming off the ice in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Virginia, and he is uncertain to return this season. To fill Delorme’s roster spot, Hartford signed F Caleb Moulton, released by Minnesota earlier in the week, to a short-term contract.