- On Monday, the Kansas City Smoke placed C Mike Rivera on the injured list. Rivera suffered a lower-body injury during Sunday’s 6-5 win over Portland. He is expected to miss most if not all of the rest of the season. Rivera was one of Kansas City’s leading scorers, leading the team in assists with 29 and being second in points with 43. To take Rivera’s spot on the roster, the Smoke recalled F Randy O’Connor from their CHL affiliate in Omaha. The Smoke sent O’Connor down during the All-Star break as part of a midseason roster shakeup. Prior to being sent down. O’Connor appeared in 6 games with Kansas City, recording a pair of assists. Omaha signed RW Red Bright to a short-term contract to replace O’Connor.
- Wednesday was the trading deadline. The following trades were consummated at the deadline:
- The Washington Galaxy traded G Buzz Carson to the Milwaukee Growlers for G Kelvin White and a 3rd-round draft pick. (More details here.)
- The Galaxy traded RW Brad Stevens to the Hamilton Pistols in exchange for RW Anders Pedersen. (More details here.)
- The Portland Bluebacks traded Ds Stan Gallagher and Wick Berman to the Anchorage Igloos for Ds Jackson Creed and Harold Braintree. (More details here.) After the trade, Portland called up D Gavin Umber from their CHL affiliate in Colorado Springs, and Anchorage demoted D Vitaly Dyomin to their affiliate in Minnesota.
- In a three-way trade, the Kansas City Smoke sent D Leonard Wright to Milwaukee, which sent D Geoff Moultrie to the Boston Badgers, which sent D Marshall Kreitzer and a 3rd-round draft pick to Kansas City. (More details here.) After the trade, Kansas City recalled D Lowell Sharkey from their affiliate in Omaha, while Boston demoted D T.K. O’Neill to their affiliate in Hartford.
- The Bluebacks traded RW Elliott Pepper and D Rusty Sienna to the Michigan Gray Wolves for LW Fendrick Scanlan, D Burton Cullidge, and a 3rd-round draft pick. (More details here.) After the trade, Portland assigned Scanlan to Colorado Springs and called up RW Holden Cadorette from Colorado Springs, while Michigan recalled LW Scot Davenport from their affiliate in Cleveland and demoted RW Rory Socarra to Cleveland.
- The Smoke traded LW Charlie Brooks and D Tuomas Nurmi to the Hershey Bliss for C Yegor Nestorov, D Knute Skoeglin, and a 2nd-round draft pick. (More details here.) After the trade, Kansas City promoted LW Aaron Knorr and D Stan Shakovich from Omaha, while Hershey demoted D Bruce Minnik and F Mason Kilborn to their affiliate in Virginia.
- On Saturday, the Galaxy recalled D Serkan Mratic from their CHL affiliate in Baltimore and demoted D Morris Starling to Baltimore. Starling appeared in 11 games for the Galaxy without recording a point. Mratic played 16 games for Washington earlier in the season, registering 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist).
- On Monday, the Washington Galaxy‘s CHL affiliate in Baltimore activated RW Sidney Archer from the injured list. Archer has been sidelined since the second week of the season with a lingering upper-body injury. Prior to his injury, he had recorded 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) in 6 games. To make room for Archer’s return, Baltimore released F Bobby Warner. Warner appeared in 4 games for Baltimore without scoring a point.
- Also on Monday, the Hamilton Pistols‘ affiliate in Oshawa placed C Simon Laurette on the injured list. The 22-year-old Laurette suffered an upper-body injury in Sunday’s 5-3 loss to Cleveland, and is expected to miss 2 to 3 weeks. To replace Laurette on the roster, Oshawa signed F Caleb Moulton to a short-term contract. Moulton spent the last four seasons with Cleveland; in 2020, he appeared in only 8 games and registered an assist.
- On Friday, the Milwaukee Growlers‘ farm team in Indianapolis activated C Tanner Brooks from the injured list. Brooks was off the ice for two and a half weeks with an upper-body injury. To accommodate his return to action, Indianapolis released F Jimmy Horton from his short-term contract with the team. Horton appeared in 4 games with Indianapolis, in which he registered 2 goals and an assist.
- On Saturday, the Galaxy called up D Morris Starling and RW Sidney Archer from Baltimore and demoted D Serkan Mratic and F Jacques Bacon to Baltimore. Starling’s 11 goals was tops on the team, and he recorded a +10 rating and a 53.9 CF% on the season. Archer recorded 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists), a +9 rating, and a 54.2 CF% in 9 games with Baltimore. Mratic appeared in 16 games with Washington, with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) with a -9 rating and 44.7 CF%. Bacon appeared in 9 games without recording a point.
- Also on Saturday, the Saskatchewan Shockers called up D Graham Bellinger from their affiliate in Idaho and demoted D Buster Kratz to Idaho. The 26-year-old Bellinger returns to the SHL for the first time since 2019. He put up 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists) and a +9 rating in 24 games with Idaho. Kratz appeared in 13 games with Saskatchewan and notched 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) and a -2 rating.
The following transactions occurred during the All-Star break:
- The Anchorage Igloos demoted RW Jean Pierre Fleury and G Wendall Cantillon to their CHL affiliate in Minnesota and called up RW Lionel LaNeige and G Curt Freeze from Minnesota. Fleury has struggled badly this year, recording only 2 points in 20 games, and has been a healthy scratch in many recent games. Cantillon has posted a 2-4-2 record with a 4.04 GAA as the Igloos’ backup netminder this season. The 22-year-old LaNeige makes his SHL debut; he has recorded 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 32 games with Minnesota this year. Freeze, a longtime Anchorage prospect, has gone 5-11-2 with a 2.59 GAA and a .905 save percentage so far this seaosn.
- The Boston Badgers sent F Jacques Bacon and D Jackson Creed to their affiliate in Hartford, and recalled RW Felix Delorme and D Brett Stolte from Hartford. Bacon, a veteran who signed as a free agent in the offseason, has appeared in only 7 games for Boston and has yet to record a point. The Badgers are hoping that Delorme, nephew of Quebec coach Martin Delorme, can provide a spark for their stagnant offense. Delorme was a starter in the CHL All-Star Game, and has recorded 10 goals and 17 assists so far this season. The Badgers called up Creed from Hartford two and a half weeks ago; he played in 6 games and recorded an assist. Stolte, another CHL All-Star, has produced 12 goals and 13 assists so far this year.
- The Dakota Jackalopes demoted D Geoff Moultrie and promoted D Brady Prussian. Moultrie recorded 2 goals and a -2 rating in 14 games for Dakota this season; the team hopes to get him more regular playing time with their affiliate in Idaho. Prussian has produced 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) and a +13 rating with Idaho on the year.
- The Hamilton Pistols demoted D Torrey Ashmont and promoted D Russ Klemmer. Ashmont is a rookie who has struggled for ice time with the Pistols, appearing in only 9 games. He figures to start regularly with the team’s Oshawa affiliate. Klemmer, meanwhile, was a CHL All-Star; his 22 assists placed him in the league’s top ten.
- The Hershey Bliss demoted F Anton Lapointe and promoted RW James Clay. Lapointe, a capable defensive forward, has struggled to produce offensively at the SHL level; so far this year, he has produced two assists in 9 games. Clay, another CHL All-Star, led Hershey’s Milwaukee affiliate with 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists).
- The Kansas City Smoke demoted G Dennis Wampler and promoted G Eric Middleton. Kansas City’s 3.79 GAA is second-worst in the SHL, and Wampler (3-8-1, 4.06 GAA, .882 save percentage) has contributed to those woes. Middleton, an 18-year-old rookie, has thrived with the Smoke’s affiliate in Omaha, going 8-6-3 with a 2.06 GAA and a .929 save percentage.
- The Michigan Gray Wolves demoted RW Kelvin Starkey and F Cary Estabrook and promoted LW Fendrick Scanlan and RW Steve Brandon. The offensively-challenged Wolves shook up their forward depth, swapping out Starkey (1 goal in 24 games) and Estabrook (no points in 10 games) for the top two scorers (and All-Stars) with their Cleveland affiliate, Scanlan (13 goals, 10 assists) and Brandon (12 games, 10 assists).
- The New York Night demoted G Corey Franklin-Lee and recalled G Sherman Carter. This is the reverse of the transaction New York made two weeks earlier, when they sent Carter to their affiliate in Utah in order to regain his form and confidence. Carter went 4-2-1 with a 1.98 GAA and a .926 save percentage in Utah, while Franklin-Lee went 1-2-0 with a 3.00 GAA and a .925 save percentage in the Big Apple.
- The Quebec Tigres demoted C Phil Miller and promoted C Dwight Flynn. The veteran Miller has failed to produce in Quebec this season, with a mere two assists and a -10 rating in 27 games. Flynn, meanwhile, has produced at an All-Star level with Halifax this year, including 16 goals, 21 assists, and a +3 rating.
- The Saskatchewan Shockers signed D Kjell Hanson to a minor-league contract. The Shockers found themselves with a short minor-league roster after calling up D Pierre Chappelle and C Trent Harlow as injury replacements just before the All-Star break, and Hanson will help fill the void. The 24-year-Hanson started the year in the Kansas City organization, but the Smoke released him the week before the break.
- The Washington Galaxy demoted D Shane Gladchuk and promoted D Morris Starling. The rebuilding Galaxy wanted to give Starling, a CHL All-Star with Baltimore, some ice time at the SHL level. He led the with 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists). Gladchuk appeared in 12 games with Washington, notching 3 assists and a -8 rating.
The day after the SHL’s All-Star Game, their minor league will be holding its third annual All-Star contest. The game will take place at the Aetna Center, home of the Hartford Harpoons. The rosters for the game, along with each player’s current stats, are below.
Coach: Jeffrey “Swampy” Marsh (Virginia)
LW: Fendrick Scanlan, Cleveland (13 G, 10 A, 23 Pts, 23 Blk, 52 PIM, +4)
D: Morris Starling, Baltimore (10 G, 13 A, 23 Pts, 31 Blk, 10 PIM, -2)
C: Liam Engstrom, Hartford (13 G, 25 A, 38 Pts, 15 Blk, 2 PIM, +22)
D: Brett Stolte, Hartford (12 G, 13 A, 25 Pts, 37 Blk, 39 PIM, +3)
RW: Felix Delorme, Hartford (10 G, 17 A, 27 Pts, 20 Blk, 2 PIM, +22)
LW: Jarmann Fischer, Halifax (8 G, 14 A, 22 Pts, 14 Blk, 16 PIM, -1)
D: Russ Klemmer, Oshawa (2 G, 22 A, 24 Pts, 63 Blk, 10 PIM, -1)
C: Dwight Flynn, Halifax (16 G, 21 A, 37 Pts, 11 Blk, 8 PIM, +3)
D: Burton Cullidge, Cleveland (1 G, 18 A, 19 Pts, 70 Blk, 19 PIM, +5)
RW: Anders Pedersen, Oshawa (12 G, 16 A, 28 Pts, 11 Blk, 14 PIM, -3)
LW: Maurice Coutard, Baltimore (11 G, 11 A, 22 Pts, 9 Blk, 12 PIM, -18)
D: Teddy Morrison, Halifax (4 G, 13 A, 17 Pts, 57 Blk, 14 PIM, -2)
C: Ron Yaeckel, Virginia (10 G, 19 A, 29 Pts, 23 Blk, 41 PIM, +10)
D: Axel Borgstrom, Halifax (7 G, 9 A, 16 Pts, 54 Blk, 27 PIM, -9)
RW: Steve Brandon, Cleveland (12 G, 10 A, 22 Pts, 23 Blk, 24 PIM, +4)
Hector Orinoco, Oshawa (13-8-2, 2.11 GAA, .918 save %)
Eugene Looney, Cleveland (9-12-3, 1.97 GAA, .917 save %)
Coach: Gilbert McCoyne (Idaho)
LW: Terry Cresson, Idaho (8 G, 22 A, 30 Pts, 13 Blk, 12 PIM, +14)
D: Trevor Lockwood, Omaha (7 G, 20 A, 27 Pts, 36 Blk, 20 PIM, +5)
C: Lloyd “Goofy” Banjax, Utah (16 G, 23 A, 39 Pts, 28 Blk, 20 PIM, +14)
D: Brady Prussian, Idaho (14 G, 12 A, 26 Pts, 40 Blk, 16 PIM, +13)
RW: Britt Cadmium, Idaho (14 G, 15 A, 29 Pts, 21 Blk, 15 PIM, +16)
LW: Chuck Alley, Utah (8 G, 19 A, 27 Pts, 29 Blk, 6 PIM, +14)
D: George Brinson, Utah (8 G, 20 A, 28 Pts, 26 Blk, 26 PIM, +11)
C: Yegor Nestorov, Milwaukee (16 G, 11 A, 27 Pts, 15 Blk, 8 PIM, -10)
D: Brian Coldivar, Minnesota (15 G, 10 A, 25 Pts, 32 Blk, 18 PIM, -3)
RW: Harris Wondolowski, Utah (16 G, 17 A, 33 Pts, 11 Blk, 14 PIM, +3)
LW: Rick Crisak, Idaho (5 G, 22 A, 27 Pts, 8 Blk, 32 PIM, +18)
D: Conrad van Rijn, Milwaukee (3 G, 24 A, 27 Pts, 72 Blk, 39 PIM, -5)
C: Nikolai Valkov, Colorado Springs (16 G, 11 A, 27 Pts, 8 Blk, 24 PIM, -15)
D: Laszlo Cierny, Minnesota (5 G, 18 A, 23 Pts, 58 Blk, 36 PIM, -3)
RW: James Clay, Milwaukee (13 G, 15 A, 28 Pts, 16 Blk, 12 PIM, -4)
Kelvin White, Idaho (14-5-1, 2.07 GAA, .927 save %)
Kostya Arsenyev, Minnesota (9-4-1, 1.92 GAA, .933 save %)