A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps.
Monarchs head coach Mark Morris fired
From Union Leader in New Hampshire
The Los Angeles Kings, parent team of the Manchester Monarchs, on Wednesday informed head coach Mark Morris that his contract will not be renewed.
Behind the bench for the American Hockey League franchise since 2006, Morris is the longest-tenured and winning-est coach in Monarchs history, with 332 regular-season victories and 23 playoff wins.
He’s also the only coach to win more than 300 games at both the professional and collegiate levels, having won more than 300 with Clarkson University. Read More…
LA Kings Will Not Renew Contract for Manchester Monarchs Coach Mark Morris
By Robyn from The Pink Puck
“We appreciate the job Mark has done for us in Manchester. The team’s success on the ice during his tenure and his contributions in helping prepare our young players to be successful at the NHL level have been key contributors to the success of our organization as a whole. These ideals will continue to be a priority for us going forward and we wish Mark the utmost success as there is no doubt he is ready for the next step in his career,” said Lombardi.
Last July, the Kings extended Morris’s contract for one more year. But now the Kings organization has decided to part ways with Morris and allow him to move on with his career. Reportedly, there are NHL teams interested in his services as an assistant coach. Given his history of success at both the AHL and collegiate level, it’s not a surprise that there are NHL teams who want him behind their bench. Read More…
New Flames GM down to business
BY KRISTEN ODLAND, CALGARY HERALD
Technically, this is Brad Treliving’s second week on the job.
According to the new Calgary Flames general manager, the real work began on Monday morning.
In addition to arranging to move his wife Julie and their daughters Ryann, 11, and Reese, 7, after 19 years in Phoenix, he has had a lengthy to-do list since arriving on scene — his first time working in a Canadian market and in Canada, period, after spending the past seven as the assistant general manager of the Phoenix Coyotes.
One of his first orders of business was the relocation of their American Hockey League affiliate Abbotsford Heat to Glens Falls, N.Y., a deal that was in the works for weeks but finalized on Monday.
“I’ve been there many times,” said Treliving on Wednesday, relaxing in his office which is just down the hall from Brian Burke’s at the Saddledome. “They’ve had a team there for a long time so I’d scout them lots. It’s a really nice area. You hear a lot of people from New York that go up there. There’s a lot of people that spend their summers there. A getaway for the people from the city … a long hockey history.” Read More…
Dowling rocks the rink
Cochranite shining with Texas Stars in AHL playoffs
By: Ryan McLeod
“16 teams, one dream,” that’s the slogan of the American Hockey League Calder Cup playoffs.
It’s one of hockey’s most prestigious trophies, and Texas Stars centre Justin Dowling is taking full advantage of playoff time, in only his second trip to the post-season in his young professional hockey career.
The Stars picked up a first-round playoff matchup against Oklahoma City (OKC). Dowling said it was a hard-fought battle to the end.
“I give it to OKC, they’re a talented team, they battled hard, but we dug in deep and managed to come away with wins in close games,” he said.
The Stars won the best-of-five series in three straight, 3-2 in overtime in the first two games on the road and finished with a 4-2 win at home. Dowling, a native of Cochrane, led the Stars with five points (one goal, four assists) in three games and has already proven he can take his game to the next level in the regular season with a career-high points total (47) and Plus/Minus rating (+21). Read More…
Sabres GM: No decision on Amerks’ coach yet
By Kevin Oklobzija
Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray isn’t ready to say whether Chadd Cassidy is a coaching prospect, but he’s quite sure that rookie right winger Joel Armia has a bright future in the organization.
Murray said no decision has been made regarding Cassidy’s future as Rochester Americans coach. Cassidy, who just completed his first full American Hockey League season behind the Amerks bench, is under contract for next season. However, since he was hired by former Sabres general manager Darcy Regier, there is no guarantee that he will be retained.
Murray offered no hints with regard to which way he’s leaning.
The Amerks finished with a record of 37-28-6-5, enduring a nine-game losing streak in late March before their 7-1-0-1 closing kick earned them seventh place and a playoff berth in the Western Conference. Read More…
Edwards named Pirates GM
By Chris Roy | Maine Hockey Journal
PORTLAND – If you felt the earth tremor on Wednesday, it was likely the seismic activity from the announcement of the fundamental shift in the relationship between the Portland Pirates and their NHL parent club, Phoenix Coyotes.
Pirates head coach Ray Edwards has assumed the role of general manager, giving the team greater flexibility in roster decisions moving forward. A key to the new affiliation agreement reached between the Pirates and Coyotes.
“From an organizational perspective we’re equally excited about it because it is a significant philosophical change in the way (the team) was run before,” said Pirates majority owner Ron Cain. “The balance between being a competitive team and developmental team is a tight rope to walk, but now it’s all on Ray’s shoulders and there nobody in-between that may influence what happens on the ice here.”
Edwards is taking over for Brad Treliving, former assistant GM of the Coyotes, who also held the position of the Pirates GM until he left the organization to become the new GM of the NHL’s Calgary Flames.
Treliving held several duties with the team, which included signing roster players, handling contracts, the Coyotes ECHL affiliation in Gwinnet, Georgia as well as scouting for the Coyotes. Read More…