Barber was waived by the Red Wings on Monday, Max Bultman of The Athletic Detroit reports.
While he's been a fine two-way producer in the lower ranks, Barber is still looking to claim a stable role in the NHL. The Wings have plenty of experienced centers, so it might take an injury or two up front for Barber to ascend to hockey's highest level.
Barber signed a two-year contract with the Red Wings on Friday.
Barber has spent most of his professional career in the AHL but does have 12 games of NHL experience on his resume. The 26-year-old forward played 46 AHL games last season and posted 16 goals and 37 total points. Barber could make the Red Wings' roster with a strong training camp, but he's more likely to land with AHL Grand Rapids to start the year.
Barber and Phil Varone will join the Penguins from the Canadiens in exchange for Joseph Blandisi and Jake Lucchini.
In nine NHL games this year, Barber has registered 15 hits, six shots and two PIM while averaging a mere 8:15 of ice time. In the minors, the 26-year-old has been significantly more productive, as he has racked up 13 goals and 18 helpers with AHL Laval. Barring a run of injuries, the Pittsburgh native is unlikely to get into a game for the Penguins this season.
The Canadiens assigned Barber to AHL Laval on Thursday, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
The 25-year-old made his Montreal debut in the month of December, going pointless in nine contests with the big club. Barber's demotion is likely evidence that one of five forwards dealing with injury for the Canadiens is nearing a return to the ice.
Barber had two shots and two hits over 12:00 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Pittsburgh.
Barber, a native of the Pittsburgh suburbs, made his Montreal debut against the team he grew up following. The 25-year-old forward, who was (and remains) the leading scorer at AHL Laval, skated on the Canadiens' fourth line and is expected to stay there for the time being. Linemate Matthew Peca (lower body) left Tuesday's game, so there may be a roster spot available Wednesday against the Senators even if Jesperi Kotkaniemi (concussion) returns.
Barber was recalled from AHL Laval on Sunday.
Barber has racked up six goals and 18 points in 21 games with AHL Laval this season. His last NHL action game in a three-game stint with the Capitals during the 2016-17 campaign. With several injuries to the forward group in Montreal, Barber could squeeze into the lineup for Tuesday's game in Pittsburgh.
Barber was waived by the Canadiens, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
The Canadiens announced following Monday's preseason game that they intend to send Barber down to AHL Laval, but they need to expose him to NHL waivers first. Other teams will have until noon Wednesday to claim Barber.
Barber signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Canadiens on Monday.
Barber will make at least $400,000 and can earn as much as $700,000 if he's able to stick around at the NHL level. With only three NHL games under his belt, Barber is little more than organizational depth.
The Capitals reassigned Barber to AHL Hershey on Sunday.
Barber was called up Friday and served as a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets. He'll head back to the AHL for now but could be recalled again if Tom Wilson is still suffering from a concussion for Tuesday's game versus the Red Wings.
The Capitals recalled Barber from AHL Hershey on Friday.
Barber has been pretty productive in the minors this season, racking up eight goals and 18 points in 20 appearances. The Capitals only had 12 healthy forwards on their roster prior to Barber's promotion, so he'll likely round out their depth up front until Tom Wilson (concussion) is cleared to return.
Barber was placed on waivers for the purposes of loan to AHL Hershey on Saturday.
Once a well-regarded prospect in the organization, Barber once again failed to play his way into the big leagues. The 24-year-old winger will report to AHL Hershey should he go unclaimed, but his chances of making the NHL ranks appear to have slimmed.
Barber scored on one of his nine shots in Tuesday's 5-2 preseason loss to the Bruins.
The 2012 sixth-rounder had begun to fall off the NHL radar, but he'll certainly draw some attention with this performance. Just 24 years of age, Barber still has time to work his way back up to the top level, where he appeared three times in 2016-17. He'll need more games like this to do so.
Barber needs an excellent camp to reinvigorate his NHL aspirations, JJ Reagan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Barber was once a highly touted prospect for the Capitals, having contributed solid totals in the NCAA ranks while being an impactful player for Team USA in international tournaments. However, he has struggled mightily since a 55-point rookie campaign in 2015-16. Reagan rightly speculates that the upcoming training camp is a watershed moment for Barber, who will need a strong performance to regain his luster in the minds of the organization that drafted him in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, to possibly earn a chance to showcase his talents in the big league.
Barber signed a one-year, $650,000 extension with the Capitals on Tuesday.
Barber led AHL Hershey with 20 goals and ranked fourth on the team with 38 points in 60 games during the 2017-18 season. The 24-year-old will have a chance to compete for a roster spot with the Capitals during training camp but may need more seasoning in the minors before he's ready for a consistent role in the big leagues.
Barber received a qualifying offer Monday.
Barber's production rate with AHL Hershey slipped a bit in 2017-18, recording 20 goals and 38 points in 60 games. The 24-year-old still owns enough potential to compete for a starting role in Washington's bottom-six, but he's been passed on the depth chart by Shane Gersich and will need a strong performance in training camp to take the next step in his career.
Barber was sent to AHL Hershey on Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.
Even though Barber cracked Washington's roster for three games during the 2016-17 season, he'll start this season playing for AHL Hershey. The 23-year-old has recorded 82 points in 113 games over the last two seasons in the AHL, so a midseason call-up could certainly be in his future.
Barber was returned to AHL Hershey on Wednesday.
Barber played in the last three games as a reinforcement option with T.J. Oshie (upper body) unavailable, but he was rather ineffective in limited action, with two (missed) shots on goal and a single hit counting as his meager box-score contributions over that span. Paul Carey reportedly will take Barber's spot on the roster for the time being.
Barber was recalled from AHL Hershey on Tuesday, Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.
With Andre Burakovsky (hand) on IR and T.J. Oshie (upper body) day-to-day in advance of Tuesday's game against the Rangers, the Capitals decided to add some reinforcements to their forward ranks, bringing in Barber and Jakub Vrana from the AHL. Both players will likely dress Tuesday if Oshie isn't available, but don't expect Barber to be in store for heavy ice time. During his previous two-game stint with the Capitals, he averaged only 8:55 of action while assuming a bottom-six role.
Barber was assigned to AHL Hershey on Sunday.
Barber's first taste of the NHL was rather uneventful, as he appeared in two games for the Capitals, putting two shots on goal while averaging 8:55 in ice time. The 23-year-old will be in store for more action in Hershey, where he's recorded seven goals and four assists in 18 games this season.
Barber was recalled from AHL Hershey on Thursday.
This marks Barber's first recall of the season, and it comes in the wake of Andre Burakovsky (hand) being placed on injured reserve. Barber has played only 18 games for Hershey this season, in which he's netted seven goals and added four assists. He also put up a respectable 55 points in the minors last season, so he'll be one to watch if and when he draws into his first career NHL game.
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