According to AHL Transactions things are about to get a little more interesting. The Nashville Predators have reassigned Viktor Arvidsson to the Milwaukee Admirals. In addition, Garrett Noonan has been sent to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. This all being said and there is also a twenty-four hour waiting period to see if Predators forward Cody Hodgson can clear waivers.
Arvidsson’s recent run with the Predators hasn’t been all that hot. He has gone nine straight games without scoring a point. His last assist came on 12/19/15. His last goal came on 12/7/15. Perhaps another spell of top line work with the Admirals can recharge his batteries before returning to the NHL?
The last time Arvidsson returned from the Predators he went on a thirteen game point streak which remains the longest points streak in the AHL this season. It wasn’t until his final game before the Predators called him up that his streak came to an end: 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists), 6 power-play goals, plus/minus rating of +4, 6 penalty minutes, and an average of 4.9 shots on goal per game in 14 games of work.
Noonan, like Jonathan Diaby, was called up during a spell where the Admirals defense has been very banged up. Trevor Murphy, Victor Bartley, and Taylor Aronson were all dealing with injury at the time of their recall. Murphy has since returned. Bartley had returned to practice ahead of last weekend and is likely to return to action this weekend in San Antonio. While Aronson is still probably due out for another couple of weeks. It will be interesting to see if Noonan will be able to get to Cincinnati in time for their home game tonight against the Fort Wayne Komets.
Not having watched the Predators near as closely as the Admirals… would I be right in saying Hodgson isn’t too far behind Stevie Moses in the “this experiment has failed” category? Hodgson signed as a free agent last summer to a one-year, $1.05 million contract. In his career, he had scored 16 goals (2011-12), 15 goals (2012-13), 20 goals (2013-14), 6 goals (2014-15), and -so far this season with the Predators- 3 goals. It’s sort of like a Scott Gomez regression but on a smaller scale.
The waiver process takes a day to complete so, by tomorrow, we will know if the Admirals will be gaining the services of Hodgson or if another team has claimed him. That or we could be in for a Derek Roy swerve where he clears, gets assigned to the Admirals, and then gets traded only to leave this perfectly prepared jersey to never be worn by Roy or fans anywhere.
Thoughts on all this news? With Vladislav Kamenev due back this weekend, should Hodgson join the Milwaukee Admirals, what does Dean Evason do with the distribution of centers? How long before Matt White follows Zac Larraza back to the Manchester Monarchs (ECHL)?