Justin Bailey LW VAN
Fri 1/15/21 6:09 PM
Bailey was sent down to Vancouver's taxi squad on Friday.
Bailey was a healthy scratch for Thursday's tilt with the Oilers after he was called up from the taxi squad to replace Loui Eriksson on the 23-man roster. The 25-year-old winger appeared in just two NHL contests last season and should spend most of his time on the taxi squad or in the press box.
Loui Eriksson W VAN
Fri 1/15/21 6:05 PM
Eriksson was recalled from Vancouver's taxi squad on Friday.
The 35-year-old was demoted to the taxi squad prior to Thursday's contest against Edmonton after being a healthy scratch on Wednesday. Despite moving up to the 23-man roster, Eriksson is still likely to be a healthy scratch more often than not this season.
OUTMarko Dano C WPG
Fri 1/15/21 5:58 PM
The Jets reassigned Dano (undisclosed) from HK Tukla (Slovakia) to AHL Manitoba on Friday.
Dano was placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury Wednesday. Once he's healthy, the 26-year-old will continue his development in the minors.
OUTRadim Simek D SJ
Fri 1/15/21 5:39 PM
According to coach Bob Boughner, the Sharks plan to insert Simek (undisclosed) into the lineup Monday against St. Louis, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.
Simek is dealing with an undisclosed issue, but he's been practicing since Tuesday, so he may simply need a few extra days to work on his conditioning. The 28-year-old blueliner picked up nine points while averaging 17:11 of ice time in 48 games last campaign.
Vitek Vanecek G WSH
Fri 1/15/21 4:57 PM
Vanecek will defend the blue paint during Friday's road game versus Buffalo, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Vanecek's NHL debut will come against a difficult opponent, as the revamped Sabres' offense just potted four goals on Ilya Samsonov in Thursday's season opener. Although he hasn't seen any NHL action since being drafted in the second round in 2014, Vanecek played well in the minors last campaign, compiling a 19-10-1 record while registering a 2.26 GAA and .917 save percentage in 31 appearances.
Anton Khudobin G DAL
Fri 1/15/21 4:36 PM
Khudobin and the Stars will begin their regular-season schedule Jan. 22 against the Predators.
Dallas had to have its first four games of the 2020-21 campaign rescheduled due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Khudobin and his teammates will now set their sights on preparing for their season opener against Nashville next Friday.
OUTMike Smith G EDM
Fri 1/15/21 4:31 PM
According to sources, Smith (undisclosed) may be facing a multi-week absence, The Province's Patrick Johnston reports.
The Oilers have only ruled Smith out of Saturday's matchup with Montreal, but it looks like he may be facing a long-term absence. If that ends up being the case, Mikko Koskinen will likely take on an increased workload with Stuart Skinner getting the occasional start to allow Koskinen to rest.
Casey Nelson D FA
Fri 1/15/21 4:06 PM
Nelson announced his retirement from professional hockey Friday, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Nelson opted out of the 2020-21 campaign shortly before training camp began, so this news doesn't come as a total shock. The 28-year-old blueliner will hang up his skates having accrued four goals and 18 points in 93 career NHL appearances spread over four seasons.
Oliver Wahlstrom RW NYI
Fri 1/15/21 4:02 PM
The Islanders assigned Wahlstrom to their taxi squad Friday, according to TSN.
Wahlstrom wasn't in the lineup for Thursday's season opener and isn't expected to have a regular role with the big club this campaign. He'll likely continue to rotate betwen the taxi squad and active roster for the foreseeable future, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the 2018 first-round pick assigned to the Isles' minor-league affiliate whenever the AHL season gets underway.
Cal Foote D TB
Fri 1/15/21 3:58 PM
Tampa Bay assigned Foote to its taxi squad Friday, per TSN.
Foote made his NHL debut Wednesday against Chicago, posting a plus-2 rating and one hit in just under 11 minutes of ice time. The 22-year-old blueliner will likely continue to jump back and forth between the Lightning's active roster and taxi squad this season, so he won't be worth a roster spot in most standard fantasy formats.