It's been a busy day in Barry Trotz's office as forwards Nick Spaling, Matt Halischuk and Linus Klasen have been given their tickets to Milwaukee, and Ryan Ellis has been sent back to the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL for one last year of junior hockey. This word all comes from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean, who has been providing updates via Twitter throughout the day.
Klasen was injured in a rookie game against the Florida Panthers, and hasn't played since. Spaling made an impression as a PK specialist and versatile depth forward when called upon last season, and since he doesn't require waivers, he may fill a similar role this year. Halischuk, who was acquired from New Jersey in the Jason Arnott trade, scored one goal in preseason action and Ryan Ellis has often turned heads with his offensive ability from the blueline, but needs to continue maturing physically before he'll be ready for NHL duty.
These moves bring the Nashville Predators' roster down to 27, narrowing the competition for the final jobs remaining. For a quick look at those battles, check out our review of the 6 cuts from this morning.
After the jump we've got an excerpt from the team's press release...
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has assigned forwards Matt Halischuk, Linus Klasen, Nick Spaling, Andreas Thuresson and Kelsey Wilson; defensemen Teemu Laakso, Grant Lewis and Brett Palin; and goaltender Chet Pickard to the team's primary developmental affiliate, the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals, in addition to sending 2009 first-round selection Ryan Ellis back to his junior team (Windsor, OHL).
The reduction puts Nashville's Training Camp roster at 27 players - 16 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders. Players by position currently participating in camp are as follows:
FORWARDS (16): Jonas Andersson, Wade Belak, J.P. Dumont, Martin Erat, Marcel Goc, Patric Hornqvist, Sergei Kostitsyn, David Legwand, Matthew Lombardi, Jamie Lundmark, Cal O'Reilly, Jerred Smithson, Steve Sullivan, Jordin Tootoo, Joel Ward, Colin Wilson.
DEFENSEMEN (8): Francis Bouillon, Cody Franson, Aaron Johnson, Kevin Klein, Ryan Parent, Alexander Sulzer, Ryan Suter, Shea Weber.
GOALTENDERS (3): Mark Dekanich, Anders Lindback and Pekka Rinne.