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Brandon Pirri traded by Blackhawks to Panthers
BY MARK LAZERUS Staff Reporter March 2, 2014 7:56PM
Less than a year ago, on draft day, Hawks general manager Stan Bowman was touting Brandon Pirri as his second-line center of the future. But on Sunday, Bowman traded Pirri to Florida for a third-round draft pick this June and a fifth-round pick in 2016.
Pirri, the AHL’s leading scorer last season, had six goals and five assists in 28 games with the Hawks this season, but never showed the all-around game Joel Quenneville wanted to see from him. With highly skilled Teuvo Teravainen in the pipeline, Pirri — a restricted free agent after this season — clearly was no longer a part of the Hawks’ long-term plans. Read More…
Fired up Hershey Bears head coach Mike Haviland ejected for dispute with referee David Banfield
It took until March 2, but Hershey Bears head coach Mike Haviland got his first ejection of the season during the second period of Sunday’s 6-3 loss to the Charlotte Checkers at Giant Center.
Haviland, known for his fiery bench demeanor, was given a minor penalty and game misconduct by referee David Banfield for arguing about a non-icing call preceding a Ryan Murphy goal at 10:15 that gave Charlotte a 3-0 lead. Icing would have negated the scoring sequence.
Wolves acquire Selleck and Janik in pair of deals
Right wing Mark Mancari has been recalled and traded to the Florida Panthers for left wing Eric Selleck, who has been assigned to the Chicago Wolves. In a related deal, the Wolves have acquired defenseman Doug Janik from the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) for future considerations. Read More…
Utica Comets’ Frank DuRoss and Robert Esche honored by Chamber of Commerce
Frank DuRoss and Robert Esche teamed up to bring a successful AHL franchise back to Utica, and now they will stand together as recipients of a local award honoring those efforts.
DuRoss and Esche together have been named the 2013 “Business Person of the Year” by the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce. DuRoss and Esche will receive their awards at the Chamber’s Annual Membership Meeting on April 22. Read More…
Monthly award winners for February named
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Rockford IceHogs left wing Jeremy Morin, Abbotsford Heat center Markus Granlund and San Antonio Rampage goaltender Jacob Markstrom have been selected as the league’s award winners for February. Read more…
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Arcobello named CCM/AHL Player of the Week
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Oklahoma City Barons center Mark Arcobello has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 2, 2014.
Arcobello tallied three goals and four assists for seven points in three games as the Barons closed the gap in the Western Conference playoff chase with three critical victories. Read More…