Chicago Blackhawks General Manager of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard announced Wednesday that the Rockford IceHogs, members of the American Hockey League, have signed forwards Andrew Shaw and Rob Flick to one-year AHL contracts.
Shaw is a 2011 Blackhawks draft pick, while Flick is a 2010 Blackhawks draft pick.
A clever move--it doesn't waste a year of free agent eligibility since both will probably stay in the AHL all year anyway. Have any other teams tried this?
Yes it happened a few times last year. For example, last year there was :
-Nicola Riopel (drafted in 2009 by the Flyers) signed with Adirondack.
-Michael Pelech (drafted in 2009 by the Kings) signed with Manchester.
-Maxime Legault (drafted in 2009 by the Sabres) signed with Portland.
-Kyle Neuber (drafted in 2009 by the Blue Jackets) signed with Springfield.
In those cases, I don't think it was about saving free agency years. I think it was just a way for teams to evaluate their players at the AHL level and to see if they are worth an ELC.
For the story, none of the four players above ended being signed to an ELC and they all became free agents on June 2011. However, Legault was re-signed by Buffalo's farm team.
I don't understand why they signed LeNeveu with already a veteran goalie (Yann Danis) in Oklahoma City. Why keep 2 veterans goaltenders and not let play a roookie (Olivier Roy)
Depth. A full season in the ECHL won't hurt Roy's development. However, I think that it's very likely that Khabibulin will go on the IR at some point in the season, so Roy shoud get his fair at the AHL level.
The New Jersey Devils announced a bunch of signings today, some of whom were AHL signings.
Signed were goaltender Maxime Clermont, defenseman Peter Harrold, and forwards Matt Anderson, Bryan Haczyk, Brad Mills, Nathan Perkovich, Tim Sestito, Myles Stoesz, Stephane Veilleux, Joseph Whitney, Chad Wiseman and Steve Zalewski. Haczyk, Perkovich, Stoesz and Whitney were signed to AHL contracts.