Unless you’re an AHL fan you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. But that’s okay! I am here for your benefit.

Clear Day occurs every season, shortly after the NHL trade deadline. Essentially, it’s the AHL’s version of the trade freeze, but it’s a little more restrictive. Every AHL team releases a Clear Day roster; only these 20 skaters and two goalies are eligible to participate in the remainder of the team’s season. This is the official ruling from the AHL bylaws:

Only the players listed on a team’s Clear Day roster are eligible to compete in the remainder of the 2009-10 regular season and 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs, unless emergency conditions arise as a result of recall, injury or suspension. Teams may also add signed junior players or players on amateur tryout contracts after their respective junior or college seasons are complete.

Last year’s Clear Day roster included Milan Lucic, Matt Hunwick, and Byron Bitz, despite the fact that all three played all or most of their season with the Boston Bruins; the P-Bruins added several signed junior players to make their Calder Cup run, since all three of those players were still up with the big club when playoffs came around (just because you’re on the Clear Day roster doesn’t mean you HAVE to play for the AHL team, it just means that you CAN.) Because of that, it was expected that possibly Vladimir Sobotka and even maybe Hunwick or Boychuk would make the roster this year.

None of them are on it.

The roster consists of goalies Dany Sabourin and Kevin Regan, forwards Jamie Arniel, Zach Hamill, Jordan Knackstedt (learn this name, B’s fans – kid has been on FIRE lately), Drew Larman, Guillarme Lefebvre, Mikko Lehtonen, Jeff Lovecchio, Lane MacDermid, Kirk MacDonald, Brad Marchand, Levi Nelson, (BFF) Yannick Riendeau, and Trent Whitfield, and defensemen Andy Bodnarchuk, Alain Goulet, Adam McQuaid, Jeff Penner, Jared Ross, Cody Wild, and Andy Wozniewski. Nine of these guys have seen some NHL time this year, which is significant, but – where’s Sobotka, Peebs? What’s going on here?

Jeff Penner is the most recent P-Bruin to make his NHL debut.

Around the hockey world

  • My opinion on the Savard headshot shouldn’t need to be written out, but here it is anyways. I believe the hit was a deliberate headshot and therefore should have been classified as intent to injure, especially considering Cooke has done things like this before. I believe that a player who significantly injures another should be made to sit out until the player he’s injured is okay to return. I do NOT believe that my team should be ashamed for not retaliating on the spot; that’s a shock, to see your star player go down like that, and I believe that trying to win the game instead of going after Cooke’s head was a good call. That being said, if Cooke isn’t bleeding SIGNIFICANTLY by 9:30 PM EST on 3/18, I give up.
  • Did you know that Matt Hunwick has a hockey-playing little brother? And when I mean little, I mean LITTLE (he’s 5’6). Check out this awesome article about Michigan’s underdog goalie, and why bleeding Blue runs in the Hunwick family.
  • Tuukka Rask is the first goalie off for the Flyers game tonight. NO PHILLY NO. Go B’s.

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