One game into the Paul Maurice regime, assessments are being made. Two of them will come as no surprise to fans: Josef Melichar wasn't getting the job done and the team needs more toughness.
So exit Melichar, who was sent to Albany (AHL) along with Pat Dwyer on Friday, and enter Tim Conboy and Casey Borer, who were called up in their place. Melichar was particularly turnover-prone in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Penguins.
Dwyer's main value was as a penalty-killer, but the Canes have enough depth in that department. His departure clears a space for Conboy, the shift-disturbing swing man whose antics made him tremendously popular with fans last season, although Conboy may be more needed on defense than the fourth line.
Borer will take over for Melichar on the blue line until Tim Gleason, Dennis Seidenberg and Frantisek Kaberle are healthy. Kaberle left Thursday's game with a "lower body" injury and his status is uncertain, so Conboy may play defense (his AHL position) instead of on the wing (his NHL position last season).