Minor transactions: 10/14/20 | FR24 News France

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As the NHL’s offseason wears on, minor league and European transactions become more interesting as opportunities in the NHL begin to dry up and notable names look elsewhere. Here are some of today’s more “major” minor transactions:

  • After taking a year off to deal with the repercussions of a history of concussion, Rourke Chartier is back. The 24-year-old forward signed a one-year AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies, the team announced. Chartier played 13 games with the San Jose Sharks in 2018-19 and another 26 with the AHL Barracuda. However, after failing to show consistent results during his entry-level contract, the Sharks chose not to extend a qualifying offer. As it turned out, Chartier needed some time off to continue recovering from his numerous concussions. Now feeling healthier, Chartier may be able to return to the form he showed in the 2017-18 AHL season – playing at a near points-per-game pace in an injury-shortened season – but instead, stay off the injury list for a while.
  • With brother Dylan Sikura traded by the Chicago Blackhawks, Tyler Sikura also decided to leave the organization. A former Blackhawk himself (contractually), Sikura played last season on an AHL contract with affiliate Rockford Ice Hogs, where he skated alongside his brother for much of the year. Now that Dylan is in Las Vegas, Tyler has taken his talents to Cleveland. The AHL Cleveland Monsters have announced that they have signed a one-year contract with Sikura. Sikura is a productive minor league striker, with two seasons over 30 points out of the last three, and is also playing a responsible two-way game. He should be a regular contributor to the Monsters this season.
  • The Ice Hogs made an addition on their own, though still unconfirmed, in the goalie Calc Norris. The Notre Dame product ad himself that he signed his first professional contract with Rockford, although no details were disclosed. Morris started three seasons for the Fighting Irish and if his last year had been as his second and junior, it would likely be an NHL contract he would sign. Morris was excellent in his first season as a starter from Notre-Dame in 2018-19. He posted a .944 and 1.94 GAA save percentage in 37 appearances, which was good enough to earn him the Mike Richter Award as the top goalie in the NCAA and make him one of the top ten. finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. Looking back, he probably should have capitalized on his sophomore success and turned pro. As a junior his numbers slipped slightly, but Morris was still one of the best in the NCAA. This last season has been a more notable drop; he’s recorded a .916 and 2.44 GAA save percentage – good numbers by most standards, but not among the best in the NCAA and a far cry from his first two seasons. With Rockford, Morris will seek to prove that he is still an elite goalkeeper prospect by returning to the form he showed earlier in college. If he’s successful, the Blackhawks may already have a devious suitor in the organization to fill the currently vacant role of goaltender of the future.



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