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Karl Stollery, Rasmus Tirronen, Joe Cannata assigned to AHL camps

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Merrimack College alums Karl Stollery, Joe Cannata and Rasmus Tirronen were each assigned to AHL camps on Monday.

Stollery was competing for the final defenseman spot on the San Jose Sharks roster. Due to his age, he was placed on waivers with about 10 other Sharks on Monday who were also reassigned. If Stollery clears waivers, he’ll be assigned to the San Jose Barracudas of the AHL but will be eligible for call-ups during the NHL season. If a team claims Stollery on waivers, they must keep him on their NHL roster.

Cannata and Tirronen are both non-waiver players, and have been assigned to the AHL without that provision. They are also both eligible for call-ups during the NHL regular season.

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Mike’s VIP Take: No real surprise. Stollery had the best chance at making an NHL team out of training camp just based on there being more spots available for a defenseman. That said, reading reports out of all three cities it seems that all three players impressed, in particular Tirronen. There were some that cover the Hurricanes asking “What is a Rasmus Tirronen” on Twitter before his first appearance, and by the time he was sent down, one Canes reporter wondered if Tirronen might back up Eddie Lack, should Carolina attempt to move on from Cam Ward this season.

The logjam for Cannata in Vancouver is still present, though it’s not as bad as it has been in recent years. Ryan Miller has been injury prone in the latter stages of his career and Jacob Markstrom has been less than impressive at the NHL level, which could open a spot for him at some point this season. He’ll be in the mix with plenty of time in Utica (AHL).

It seems Stollery could be the first defenseman called up to San Jose should an injury happen there during the season. At the very least, he’s in that mix. That’s the same role he’s found himself in the last two seasons with Colorado and then San Jose, after the Sharks traded for him at last season’s trading deadline. The Sharks must like what they see, however. They inked Stollery to an extension before he was to hit the free agent market this summer.

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About Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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