The Indy Fuel received left wing Darian Dziurzynski in a trade from the Missouri Mavericks earlier this week, as well as forwards Mikhail Stefanoivich from Rapid City and Tyler Currier from Elmira.
The Dziruinskyi trade is the return half of a future considerations trade that saw the Fuel deal Reed Seckel to the Mavericks earlier this season.
Dziurzynski played 61 ECHL games for Tulsa, Greenville and Missouri in the 2015-16 season, tallying 24 goals and 16 assists. He also had a goal in three AHL games with the Binghamton SenatorsA fifth-round pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in 2011, he played three seasons for the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, from 2012-15. He has 27 goals and 17 assists in 184 AHL games, as well as his ECHL totals from 2015-16, giving him 51 goals and 33 assists in 245 pro games. He falls 15 games shy of the veteran limit.
Stefanovich, a center, comes as the return half of the Garett Bembridge trade. A native of Minsk, Belarus, he was drafted in 2008 by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fourth round. He had 19 goals and 11 assists in 52 games for Rapid City last season, his first in the ECHL. He also has played for Reading in the ECHL, Toronto in the AHL – both as a rookie in 2010-11 – and 26 games for Dynamo Minsk in the KHL from 2010-12. He also has played in Belarus and in the Russian second division. In 222 pro games across North America and Europe, he has 78 goals and 71 assists. He also played three seasons of junior hockey with the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts, where he had 210 points in 171 games.
Currier, a right wing, comes as a return for the trade that sent Shane Owen to Elmira. he had 21 goals and 14 assists in 66 games for Elmira last season. In three pro seasons, he has played 118 ECHL games with Alaska, Missouri and Elmira, with 29 goals and 22 assists. He has also played in the CHL and two games in the AHL. He has 34 career goals and 28 assists in 155 career games.
The trades gives the Fuel the ability to protect the three players they have received and give them each a qualifying offer for the 2016-17 season. The end-of-season rosters will be announced Wednesday, when teams may begin signing players for 2016-17.
In addition, the Fuel traded F Mike Seidel to the Atlanta Gladiators – who subsequently traded him to Norfolk. Seidel was acquired from Elmira in the Owen trade, but suffered an injury and played two games for the Fuel. The trade completed the deal in which the Fuel acquired Alex Lavoie in the preseason.
Also Tuesday, the Chicago Blackhawks announced the team has signed goaltender Mac Carruth to a one-year extension. Carruth had a 2.43 GAA and .918 save percentage in 25 games with the Fuel, then finished the season in Rockford, where he had a 2.30 GAA and .930 save percentage. Carruth was drafted by the Blackhawks in the seventh round in 2010. After finishing his entry-level deal in 2015, he signed a one-year AHL deal with Rockford last summer, then signed an NHL contract with the Blackhawks shortly before the NHL’s trade deadline. As of now, Carruth and Lars Johannson are the Blackhawks’ minor pro goaltenders behind Corey Crawford and Scott Darling at the NHL level.