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Clearing up Some Roster Questions

Thursday, 03.12.2009 / 10:32 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Clearing up Some Roster Questions
Yesterday was the Clear Day deadline in the American Hockey League, in which teams submitted their 22-man rosters for the remainder of the season and Calder Cup Playoffs.

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The day is significant around the league because it shows which players currently on recall in the NHL won’t be coming back. According to Albany coach Jeff Daniels, Tim Conboy, Dwight Helminen and Michael Ryan aren’t on Albany’s list, meaning they will stay in Carolina for the remainder of the season.

To clear up some recent confusion about extra players on the Hurricanes’ roster, there is currently no limit on NHL roster sizes. There is a 23-player limit throughout most of the season, but that limit is removed after the trade deadline.

There is some wiggle room in the Clear Day process, as players on NHL recall can usually return if the parent club does not make the playoffs or is eliminated fairly quickly. For example, Conboy was able to play in Albany’s first-round playoff series last season, even though he wasn’t initially named on the Clear Day roster.

Another exception to the rule is that players who are playing junior hockey may join AHL teams at the conclusion of their season on tryout contracts. This could happen with a number of players in the Hurricanes’ system this year, including Brandon Sutter, as early as next week.

Sutter is currently ineligible to play in the AHL since he was only 19 when the season started, and thus could not play in the league (recent two-week conditioning stint, with a different set of rules, aside) until the end of his junior season. His junior team, Red Deer of the WHL, plays its last regular season game on Sunday and will not make the playoffs.

The Hurricanes currently have eight other prospects in junior hockey that could also join the Rats, but all are playoff bound except for Samuel Morneau, who plays for Val-d’Or of the Quebec league, so there would be a delay before they could play in the AHL.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72