PWHL News: Boston’s Loren Gabel placed on LTIR, Montreal signs Grant-Mentis to SPA

A few roster changes heading into a busy, action-packed Saturday in the Professional Women’s Hockey League.

Boston was forced to make a few moves. Loren Gabel was placed in the reserve for long-term wounded. The former Boston Pride star was injured during the team’s 2-1 shootout win over Ottawa in Detroit last month and has not played since. The PWHL’s LTIR rules force players to be out of the lineup for 21 days. However, with the pause for the IIHF Women’s World Championship, Gabel will not be eligible to return to the lineup until Boston’s April 24 game against Ottawa.

According to Boston general manager Danielle Marmer, the team is unsure if Gabel will be ready next Wednesday.

In 17 games, Gabel scored four goals and three assists.

With the open roster spot, Boston Nicole Kosta has a Standard Player Agreement (SPA). The former Quinnipiac player started the season on a SPA but was moved to the reserve list on February 14. She was signed to a ten-day contract after Gabel’s injury. In six games, Kosta recorded one assist.

Boston also signed Kelly Babstock to a 10-day contract. The former Metropolitan Riveter was added to the team’s reserve list just before the roster freeze last month.

Montreal has officially announced that they have signed Mikyla Grant-Mentis to an SPA for the remainder of the season.

The former Premier Hockey Federation Most Valuable Player started the season with Ottawa but was released from her contract in mid-February. Less than a month later, Grant-Mentis was placed on Montreal’s reserve list but was signed to a 10-day contract just before the trade deadline.

MGM has played three games with Montreal and recorded a plus-two rating. In nine games, she has three assists, all with Ottawa.

New York signed two players to ten-day contracts. Send Alexa Gruschow and Carley Olivier from their reserve list. Gruschow has made one appearance this season, on Jan. 14 against Minnesota. Olivier’s contract will be activated following the team’s game against Boston on Saturday.

Ottawa also made a move, activating Becca Gilmore from long-term injured reserve. The forward was placed on LTIR on April 3 with an undisclosed injury.