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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81