The Islanders have made their first move of deadline day a little after 2 p.m., getting forward Chris Wagner from the Ducks for Jason Chimera, free agent for free agent.
Awaiting official word on who’s sent down before 3 to make them eligible for the rest of the AHL season. Tanner Fritz, Sebastian Aho and Ross Johnston are most likely. We’ve been told in the past that players on emergency recall don’t necessarily have to be in the AHL at the deadline, which means Christopher Gibson may or may not appear on the transactions report.
Philadelphia lost defenseman Mark Alt on waivers to Colorado. Charlotte appears to have its deadline guys down from Carolina: Haydn Fleury, Josh Jooris and Lucas Wallmark.
–2:59 PM (really): Bridgeport is inputting its transactions as we type. Fritz, Gibson and Aho are in.
–3:07: And apparently that’s it. Ross Johnston evidently sticks up top and can’t be sent back. Aho, Fritz and Gibson can.
–3:30: Arthur Staple ran up the all-clear about 20 minutes ago. Meanwhile, a whole bunch of stuff from Tampa Bay to the Rangers for Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller, though no immediate AHL effect. And Josh Jooris isn’t going to Charlotte: Carolina traded him to Pittsburgh.
–4:00: Among other players sent down at least on paper: Tage Thompson to San Antonio, Adam Erne to Syracuse, Matt Grzelcyk and Paul Postma to Providence, Vinni Lettieri and Alexandar Georgiev to Hartford.
Also, for what it’s worth, Fritz’s and Aho’s recalls are on the website; Gibson’s is not, yet.
–Looks like about it for now. Status quo here. The AHL deadline comes up exactly seven days later, after Bridgeport’s road trip. More tomorrow, unless warranted.
–5:00: Now Gibson’s recall is on the web. Again, more tomorrow, etc.
–5:11: Deals still rolling in, including the Rangers sending Ryan Graves to Colorado for another young defenseman, Chris Bigras. In another deal, Derek Army goes from Milwaukee to Tucson. Just had a nice chat with his grandfather, Tom, chief of off-ice officials in Providence, the other night.