NHL Notebook: Is Dylan Holloway on his way to the AHL, two trades shake out and more
Signs point to the Edmonton Oilers sending Dylan Holloway to the American Hockey League.
According to The athletics Daniel Nugent-Bowman, it could come once Tyler Benson’s parole period with the Bakersfield Condors is over. Benson, who would need waivers to play with the AHL club, would likely be recalled to Edmonton and the team would then send Holloway to the AHL.
This step makes a lot of sense. Benson had a strong camp this season with the Oilers and it was unfortunate that he got injured just before the season. He showed that he can hold on to a fourth-line role as an energy player.
For Holloway, it would give him a chance to play meaningful hockey. The most important thing in any player’s development is hockey, and Holloway has a chance to play more than 20 minutes a night in all situations.
The Minnesota Wild acquired Ryan Reaves from the New York Rangers Wednesday morning in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick.
Right wing, New York Rangers
Stats: 12 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 points
Contract: Pending UFA, $1.75 million AAV
Scoop: Reaves has been a healthy scratch in four of the Rangers’ last five games. The belief is that New York doesn’t want much in return to get the flexibility of the salary cap. And there are more than just a few teams (Edmonton?) looking for a little measure and bite into their bottom six forward.
Meanwhile, the Leafs acquired defenseman Conor Timmins from the Arizona Coyotes. In return, Toronto sent back 6’9″ center Curtis Douglas.
The 24-year-old Timmins has been plagued by injury problems in recent years. He once missed 18 months with a concussion suffered during his junior hockey career. Colorado’s 2017 second-round pick has played just eight games with the Coyotes over the past two seasons, being shortened to just six games last year after a knee injury prematurely ended his season. Timmins had three assists in six games with AHL Tuscon this year.
Timmins was originally acquired in the deal that sent Darcy Kuemper to the Colorado Avalanche in 2021.
With a completely healthy lineup, Timmins would likely be on the Toronto waiver. Right now, he will help give the team some decent two-way depth after losing to Morgan Rielly to a knee injury earlier this week. Jake Muzzin and TJ Brodie are also out, leaving Toronto without three of its top four defenders.
Former Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green has been selected to coach Canada’s Spengler Cup team.
He spent parts of five years behind the bench for the Canucks before being replaced by Bruce Boudreau in December 2021.
Canada has won four of the last five Spengler Cups, but the tournament has not been held since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.