The NHL Today – January 15th, 2013

Briere’s wrist isn’t as bad as previously thought. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

A look around the league for January 15th, 2013.

TRADES

We got nothing.

SIGNINGS

  • The New York Islanders claimed Thomas Hickey from the Los Angeles Kings.  Hickey was the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, but he has yet to play in an NHL game.  Hickey is the second defenceman claimed by the Islanders in as many days (Joe Finley was claimed from the Sabres yesterday).  
  • The Nashville Predators claimed forward Richard Clune off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings.  
  • The Anaheim Ducks signed tough guy forward Pierre-Luc Letorneau-Leblond to a one year deal.  Anaheim will be Letorneau-Leblond’s third team in three years, having spent last year in Calgary and the three previous in New Jersey.  

ETC

  • Coach Krueger kept Horcoff captain, gave Eberle a permanent A, and Hall / Nick Schultz will split an A.
  • Flyers C Daniel Briere‘s wrist looks to be in better shape than originally thought, and is expected to be ready for action sooner than later.  He could be back as soon as next week.
  • Beginning today and until the season begins on Saturday, teams are eligible to use an advanced compliance buyout.  Earlier in the week, Montreal had asked Scott Gomez to go home,ditto for the Rangers and Wade Redden.  Unlike in the upcoming off season, the cap hit will remain on the books for this year should a compliance buyout be exercised at this time.  In other words, what could’ve been an exciting couple of days with a couple of buyouts will not likely come to fruition.
  • The Vancouver Canucks can’t catch a break right now.  Forward David Booth is injured for 4-6 weeks with a strained groin.
  • Today is Tuesday.  You got Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, followed by Vancouver on Sunday.  Ready?

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