• Devils' Schlemko Returns To Practice

    News: David Schlemko (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
    Analysis: The injury was never believed to be particularly serious, but it's good to see David Schlemko back at practice nonetheless. Schlemko's status isn't one fantasy owners need to be familiar with, however. The 28-year-old defender was often a healthy scratch last season, a trend that's likely to continue with his new team in 2015-16.
  • Devils Sign Schlemko For Defense Depth

    News: David Schlemko signed a one-year, $625,000 contract with the Devils on Thursday, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
    Analysis: The Devils will bring David Schlemko in on a one-way deal, where he's expected to fit in as the team's seventh defenseman. The 28-year-old will be one of the older players on a crowded New Jersey blue line, so his biggest impact will likely come off the ice in terms of the mentoring he provides for youngsters like Damon Severson, Adam Larsson, and Raman Hrabarenka. Schlemko often served as a healthy scratch while spending time with the Coyotes, Stars, and Flames last season, producing one goal and three assists over 44 games.
  • Flames' Schlemko Battled Groin Injury In Playoffs

    News: David Schlemko said Tuesday that he battled a groin injury during the playoffs, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
    Analysis: The groin issue isn't expected to hamper David Schlemko throughout the offseason, putting him on rather stable ground as he enters unrestricted free agency. The 28-year-old profiles as a sixth or seventh defenseman for most clubs, so he likely won't be in line for much more than a one- or two-year contract with any team that might have interest in him.
  • Flames' Schlemko Earns Assist In Win

    News: David Schlemko recorded an assist in Sunday's Game 3 win over the Canucks.
    Analysis: David Schlemko was a healthy scratch for much of the season across stints with the Coyotes, Stars, and Flames, but season-ending injuries to Mark Giordano (biceps) and Ladislav Smid (neck) have forced him into a regular role during the playoffs. Even so, due to the light minutes Schlemko receives on the Flames' third pairing, he's far from an ideal play in daily formats. He's produced five points in his 47 games this season.
  • Flames' Schlemko Gets Shootout Winner

    News: In his first game with the Flames, David Schlemko netted a highlight-reel shootout goal to clinch a 4-3 win over the Bruins on Thursday.
    Analysis: As a defenseman with one shootout attempt in the NHL, not many were expecting the beautiful move David Schlemko put on Tuukka Rask to clinch the victory. The blueliner only had four points in 26 games with the Stars, but is off to a good start in Calgary.
  • Schlemko Claimed By Calgary

    News: David Schlemko was claimed by the Flames on Sunday, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.
    Analysis: David Schlemko was placed on waivers by the Stars on Saturday and likely would have been sent down to AHL Texas had the Flames not stepped in to grab the 27-year-old. This will be the third stop for Schlemko this season and it would be surprising if he saw extended time on the ice in Calgary.
  • Stars Place Schlemko On Waivers

    News: David Schlemko was placed on waivers Saturday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
    Analysis: The move was likely made with the impending trade deadline in mind, as David Schlemko's removal from the 23-man roster would give the Stars more cap room to work with. Expect Schlemko to pass through waivers unclaimed and report to AHL Texas on Sunday.
  • Stars To Scratch Schlemko

    News: The Stars will scratch David Schlemko on Thursday against the Lightning, according to Mark Stepneski of NHL.com.
    Analysis: David Schlemko has only played five games with the Stars since being picked up off waivers in early January. He's without a point and has just logged six shots.
  • Stars' Schlemko Will Sit Sunday

    News: David Schlemko will not play against Chicago on Sunday, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
    Analysis: David Schlemko was claimed off waivers by the Stars on Saturday but apparently isn't quite ready to skate on such short notice. His next opportunity to debut as the new seventh defenseman for the Stars will be against Columbus on Tuesday.
  • Stars Claim Schlemko Off Waivers

    News: David Schlemko was claimed off waivers by the Stars on Saturday, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
    Analysis: The Stars had been forced to make one of their two rookies (Jyrki Jokipakka or Jamie Oleksiak) a healthy scratch most nights as their seventh defenseman, so the addition of the veteran David Schlemko could alleviate that problem for the team. Expect one of the rookies to report back to AHL Texas in the coming days in an attempt to pick up more playing time, while Schlemko sticks around as the club's seventh defenseman. He looks to be little more than a depth player for Dallas, and it wouldn't be surprising if he's waived again before the season is done.