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Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook
With the NHL's trading deadline less than a week away, several moves will be made around the league for a variety of reasons - to add needed depth for a Stanley Cup Playoffs run, shed some salary and continue to rebuild for the future, etc.
There are a ton of places to get the latest NHL trade news, rumors and speculation leading up to Wednesday's 5 p.m. ET deadline but here at Highland Park Hockey the goal is to organize and detail trades made with direct effect on the 30 teams in the American Hockey League (AHL).
In addition to our annual trade deadline day live blog, this AHL Trade Tracker will hopefully be a good resource to keep an eye on the movement of players at the minor league level in the coming days.
Thursday, February 23rd
Pittsburgh trades forward Danny Kristo and a 2017-2nd round pick to Carolina for defenseman Ron Hainsey
AHL Take: Pittsburgh needed to sure up their depth on the blue line due to injuries at the NHL level, sending a 2nd round pick and throwing in Danny Kristo - a player they acquired in a trade earlier this season with St. Louis (Reid McNeill was sent to STL). What this means for the AHL Penguins is a loss at the forward position, while possibly holding onto a defenseman they might have seen moved up to Pittsburgh for the stretch run.Tuesday, February 21st
Montreal trades defenseman Philip Samuelsson to Carolina for defenseman Keegan Lowe
AHL Take: Samuelsson (40GP, 1G-4A, -7) will join AHL Charlotte where his father, Ulf, is head coach. Lowe, in his 4th full season of pro hockey, tallied 12 points (3G-9A) in 49 games in Charlotte and will join the St. John's IceCaps in the middle of their playoff run in the North Division. Both players are restricted free agents at the end of the season.Follow all the latest trades that affect AHL rosters all week long leading up to March 1st's deadline day. More recent trades with 'AHL Take' after the jump.