Almost as soon as Dusty Collins was cut by the Manchester Monarchs, the Manitoba Moose brought the center back to the American Hockey League, after he was back under contract to the Reign for about a day there.
Though Karl Taylor would have probably loved to have Collins back, it does mean one less roster move the head coach has to make. Jon Rheault, at least for the moment, is expected back this weekend, as is Denny Johnston. Both were cut by Manchester this month. The maxed-out Reign will have to make room on the 18-man active roster for both players, but nothing official today on the transactions wire.
If you’ve got five minutes tops, here’s a brand-new feature on Rheault in the New England Hockey Journal.
Update: Collins’ stint could be a quick one. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, the void in the Moose lineup was preceded by a pair of short-term situations:
The Moose have signed winger Dusty Collins from the Ontario Reign of the ECHL to bolster their forward group.
(Mark) Cullen injured his shoulder in the first period of the club’s win over the Hamilton Bulldogs last night and is listed as day-to-day.
(Forward Michael) Ouellet has left the club to join his wife in Winnipeg for the birth of their child.
Collins, 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, has four goals and two assists in 16 games with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs this season and six goals and eight assists in 24 games with Ontario.