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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
J. Liles 51 2 17 -8 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60