The Vancouver Canucks left winger Darren Archibald was briefly sent down to the AHL’s Utica Comets on Wednesday, the day of the NHL trade deadline.
Clear Day rosters do not exist anymore in the AHL and teams are no longer restricted to four recalls after the trade deadline under the new collective bargaining agreement, but only players recalled after the NHL trade deadline are eligible to return to the AHL and to play in the playoffs.
And per National Hockey League rules, only those players who have been recalled from an AHL club following the NHL trade deadline [...] may be returned to the AHL during the remainder of the season.
As a result, Archibald had to be “papered” down by the Canucks. He was originally recalled on March 3, but the Canucks sent Archibald back to the Comets on March 5 (prior to the 12 p.m. NHL trade deadline) and recalled him after the deadline to play the same night against the Phoenix Coyotes.
In doing so, the Canucks will have the flexibility to send him back to the minors between now and the end of the NHL season.