February 14, 2012 2:40 PM
In an exact reversal of an earlier transaction, the Carolina Hurricanes have simultaneously recalled Drayson Bowman and reassigned Jerome Samson to Charlotte.
Since the Canes made the initial swap on Sunday, each player suited up for just one game during a two-day stint. Neither player registered a point, with Samson suiting up for the Hurricanes’ 5-3 win in Montreal on Monday and Bowman for the Checkers’ 3-1 loss to Norfolk one day earlier.
Samson, who has now concluded his second NHL stint of the season, returns to Charlotte as the team’s top goal scorer with 18. Three of those have come in his last three games, a span in which he also set up Zac Dalpe’s overtime winner in Milwaukee last Friday. That makes him the AHL club’s most prolific forward since returning from his first NHL stint and a shoulder injury on Feb. 3.
Bowman is expected to begin his fourth NHL stint of the season when the Hurricanes host San Jose on Friday. The third-year pro is in the midst of the most productive season of his career at the NHL level, recording 6 points, 4 of which have come in his last eight games dating back to Dec. 29. He was one of a handful of players who did not practice with the Checkers on Tuesday, with coach Jeff Daniels offering no specific update other than to say, “We’re banged up.”
Also not taking part in Tuesday’s session were forwards Riley Nash, Justin Soryal and Brett Sutter, defenseman Chris Murray and goalie Mike Murphy. Forward Chris Durno, who has been out since Jan. 3 with an upper-body injury, practiced with the team. As of now, all are questionable for the team’s upcoming three-in-three set that takes it through Peoria and Chicago starting Friday.