Looking at the AHL signings around the league in this Sunday's Ramblings…
As hundreds of millions of dollars got spent on top tier talent around the NHL, organizations quietly filled out their AHL rosters over the last few days as well. While these players are typically of low fantasy value, signings can also be a sign of of a new shot at making the big step into the NHL. Information is taken from around the internet and twitter, but the best resource by far that I've come across is this page on aroundthea.com. Here is a quick look at what your team's affiliate has done, and who may be tryin their hardest to finally create an impact with a new club:
Albany (NJD) – No one of fantasy relevance (at least I hope not or the Devils are in trouble). This assumes Beau Bennett gets a crack at the NHL roster, if he fails there like in Pittsburgh then he becomes their biggest AHL addition. Call-up worthy RFA Reid Boucher has yet to be re-signed.
Bakersfield (EDM) – Very quiet on the AHL front given a long list of UFAs they have yet to decide on. Only re-sgnings so far, no outside help.
Binghamton (OTT) – Much busier than the above. Casey Bailey, Michael Kostka, Buddy Robinson all resigned and could see call-up action. Brought in AHL vets Michael Blunden and Tom Pyatt (remember him?). RFAs Puempel and Dzingel will be re-signed and will have the best swings at making an NHL push this season after seeing brief stints in 2015-16. Lots of UFAs to decide on as well tht have seen NHL action (including Frattin, Akeson, Dziuzynski).
Bridgeport (NYI) – No incoming contracts, so presusumably are planning on resigning some of their long list of RFAs and UFAs. None will see more than an emergency call-up's worth of the NHL.
Charlotte (CAR) – RFA Ryan Murphy needs a new contract and another chance to prove he's ready for Hurricane duties. Michal Jordan is a UFA in a similar boat – will see at least some NHL ice time when injuries arise, but he has the power to earn more than that. Matt Tennyson was signed this morning, hurting both these players' chances.
Chicago (STL) – This will be a doozie. Brought in former Avs Agozzino and Bleackley who will be AHL leaders and likely push for call-up action when necessary. Fromer NHL hopeful Caron was also resigned but his shot has likely passed. Goalie Phoenix Copley needs a new contract, and will battle with new face (in North America anyways) Ville Husso for the crease. Ty Rattie is RFA but will surely be signed and is the most likely to stick with the big club come October. Useful AHLer Benoit, Harrold, and Kristo are all UFA and could be call-up worthy on a team less loaded with fringe talent.
Grand Rapids (DET) – Newcomers Matt Lorito and Ben Street are both strong AHL players who will improve Grand Rapids and likely see fourth-line duties with the Wings briefly. RFA Ryan Sproul may make yet another push to get out of the AHL.
Hartford (NYR) – Signed forever a depth-dman Adam Clendening, who will probably get the call when innjries arise in the Big Apple. RFA Nicklas Jensen is always good for decent AHL numbers.
Hershey (WSH) – (very) depth guys Sill, Carey were re-signed and veteran Brad Malone brought in. All may receive a call for brief periods but should absolutely not be on your fantasy radar.
Iowa (MIN) – Incoming are Victor Bartley (who can fill a depth d role) and Alex Stalock (who will take over the AHL crease and be 3rd on the Minny depth chart). Up front, Dalpe and Graovac were re-signed with RFA Schroeder likely also back in the mix.
Lake Erie (CLB) – Almost zero signings, niether new faces nor free agents. Brought in Scott Harrington via the Kerby Rychel trade who will push for an NHL spot throughout the year.
Lehigh Valley (PHI) – Depth defenseman Mark Alt was brought back and Andy Miele brought in to lhelp improve the AHL squad. RFA Nick Cousins will be given a contract and should have an NHL spot within his grasp at training camp.
Manitoba (WPG) – No fantasy-notable incomings or signings. RFA J.C. Lipon will want a spot on the Jets but will have to work his butt off to get one (no