The Carolina Hurricanes left Raleigh on Tuesday headed for Denver to start the second part of their State Fair road trip. Upon landing in Colorado, the team announced that they have recalled defenseman Rasmus Rissanen from the AHL Charlotte Checkers to join them on their five-game road swing.
Rissanen earns his second career callup and his first this year, and takes the place of Brett Pesce on the Canes' roster after Pesce was a healthy scratch for last week's games against the Red Wings and Capitals. Rissanen was sent to Charlotte in the first set of training camp cuts in late September, and cleared waivers at that time. He is exempt from waivers until October 24 due to having cleared 30 days prior, but should he remain with the Canes for the duration of the road trip, he will need to clear again before being reassigned to Charlotte.
The release from the team is below.
HURRICANES RECALL RISSANEN FROM CHARLOTTEDefenseman earns his first recall of the 2015-16 season
Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled defenseman Rasmus Rissanen from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Rissanen will join the team in Denver, where the Hurricanes take on the Avalanche on Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET.
Rissanen, 24, has earned one assist in four games for the Checkers so far this season. The Kuopio, Finland, native made his NHL debut in 2014-15, appearing in six NHL games and registering four penalty minutes for the Hurricanes. On the AHL level, he earned an AHL career-high 11 points (1g, 10a) in 52 games for the Checkers last season. Carolina’s sixth-round selection (178th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Rissanen ranks sixth in Charlotte’s AHL history in games played (244), totaling 37 career points (7g, 30a).