Something else figured to be coming after Philip-Michael Devos was released last night. The “something else” turned out to be Peter Boyd, 25, a third-year pro up from South Carolina. He got his only AHL experience with Lake Erie on an ATO after finishing up at Ohio State in 2011.
Why the swap? “We were just looking by position,” Scott Pellerin said. “I think Devos did a really good job. His skill set is more of a top-six player, and we just didn’t see a fit right now with the other players, so we thought we’d make the switch. Instead of him not playing here, it’s better for him to continue to develop in Elmira.”
Boyd (wearing 25, matching his age) is a left winger who’s a better fit for the moment, Pellerin said. “He’s played very well with increased ice time. He’s a hard worker with good hands. He’s got tremendous speed, and he’s a smart hockey player. He can fill a third-line, fourth-line role, and he can move up if needed. I was happy with his first practice.”
Parker Milner was back in town in the net opposite Kenny Reiter; Arthur Staple reported this morning that Evgeni Nabokov is expected to miss about two weeks. Pellerin said John Persson and Riley Wetmore could practice tomorrow. Johan Sundstrom skated again, too.
Alex Urbom is back in Albany, reclaimed off waivers and illustrating the fun quirks of Article 13.22 of the CBA. (If you lose a guy on waivers who’s placed on waivers again later in the season, and you’re the only team to claim him, you can send him down, to paraphrase.)
Adam Tambellini, Jeff’s brother and a Rangers draft pick, left North Dakota for junior hockey.
And Calvin de Haan scored his first NHL goal last night. Picked his spot. A laser in the box. (Any way it goes, good for him.)