A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps.
Will Hamilton Bulldogs regret passing on high-scoring veterans?
By Scott Radley | Hamilton Spectator
The opening days of any hockey team’s training camp are always thick with optimism. Everything’s fresh and better. All slates are clean. Last year is in the past.
So today it’s possible to believe many of the young men who will eventually be released from the Montreal Canadiens’ camp — which opens on Thursday — and handed a bus ticket to Hamilton will make this year different from the last three in which the Bulldogs missed the playoffs each time.
Hopefully, that’s the case.
But if it turns out they’re not yet quite ready for primetime and the team again finds itself having trouble scoring, remember this: Corey Locke and Danny Syvret, two guys with lengthy resumes as elite scorers in the American Hockey League both want to come here. Yet the Habs have chosen to look elsewhere and filled spots they could have held with a low-scoring forward and an essentially non-scoring defenceman. Read More…
Good news for Springfield Falcons as Columbus Blue Jackets sweep prospects tournament
In a performance which bodes well for the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, the Columbus Blue Jackets went undefeated in a Prospects Tournament which concluded Tuesday night in Traverse City, Mich.
The Jackets – once again Springfield’s parent club in the National Hockey League – put together a team of high draft picks which dominated the Traverse City field, outscoring their four foes 21-11.
Several players from the prospects team likely will be assigned to Springfield.
Marko Dano, Kerby Rychel and Alexander Wennberg – all first-round picks in 2013 – excelled as the young Jackets beat Minnesota 6-4, Detroit 5-3 and St. Louis 7-2. In the Traverse City final, the Columbus entry defeated Dallas 3-2 in overtime as big winger Josh Anderson redirected a shot from the point by defenseman Austin Madaisky for the winning goal. Madaisky played 38 games with the Falcons last season.
Goaltenders Oscar Dansk and Anton Forsberg, who both seem destined for Springfield duty, gave steady performances throughout the tournament. Read More…
Some councillors support $700K contribution to keep IceCaps
The City of St. John’s insists money that’s set aside to help keep the IceCaps in town is not a subsidy — but one councillor says the $700,000 that was approved in a private meeting on Monday will help subsidize the costs of the team.
The money will go to St. John’s Sports and Entertainment, which runs the Mile One Centre.
That group will in turn cut rent and other fees incurred by the IceCaps to the tune of $700,000 over the next two years.
Coun. Danny Breen said it’s money well spent.
“What we’re doing here is making an investment in keeping AHL hockey here in the city, and keeping Mile One active, and getting us to the point where we can have a longer term tenant,” he said.
Breen said the private councillors’ vote on the issue was not unanimous. Read More…
Syracuse Crunch GM Julien BriseBois: new rules improve hockey’s pace, limit role of fighters
Syracuse, N.Y. — There will be a lot of changes in the AHL rulebook to keep up with when the regular season starts next month.
The NHL has adopted a lot of changes that will also be tried in the AHL, and the minor league is also giving a look at a few new wrinkles on its own.
Tampa Bay assistant general manager Julien BriseBois, who had a voice in the discussion of these changes, recently provided some insight into the thinking behind the AHL tweaks.
An automatic game misconduct will be given to any player who earns two major penalties for fighting in the same game. Previously, that threshold was three. Read More…
Scott Allen returns to San Antonio Rampage as assistant coach
Scott Allen may have left a date with the Stanley Cup on the table.
As assistant coach with the Chicago Wolves, the primary minor-league affiliate of the St. Louis Blues, the New Bedford native was part of an National Hockey League organization trending upward.
Allen turned down an offer this summer to stay on with the Wolves, his open-minded, 20-year, continental journey instead taking an ironic turn back to the scene of a trying point in his coaching career: San Antonio, Texas. He has signed a two-year contract as assistant coach of the Rampage, the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL Florida Panthers.
The management upheaval that had tested Allen’s joy on the job during the 2003-04 season is long gone, replaced by another regime. The 10 years of separation have also helped unearth more positive memories of San Antonio, such as working side-by-side with the NBA champion Spurs, an experience Allen had treasured the first time around. But the motivation to take this job is closer to the rink, where he will do most of his work.
“Tom Rowe — he was a huge reason why I decided to go,” said Allen of the Rampage’s new head coach. Read More…
Tickets for AHL games at Boardwalk Hall on sale Friday
From Press staff reports | Press of Atlantic City
Two-game ticket packages for the American Hockey League games that will be played Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City will go on sale Friday at noon.
The Albany Devils, the New Jersey Devils’ top affiliate, will host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the Flyers organization on Friday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. This is the fifth straight season AHL hockey will be played at Boardwalk Hall. Read More…
What Do The Blues Do With The Newly Acquired Depth?
Randall Ritchey | Hockey Buzz
Last season, the Blues lost T.J. Oshie, David Backes, Brendan Morrow, Vladimir Sobotka, Derek Roy, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Patrik Berglund late in the season and into the playoffs. So this saw Adam Cracknell, Dmitrij Jaskin, Ty Rattie, and Keith Aucoin playing in roles they weren’t accustomed too. They lack of depth on a team who “boasted” depth played a key role in the Blues losing streak at the end of last season.
This year is different however. Despite losing Cracknell (Los Angeles Kings) and Vladimir Sobotka (KHL), this off-season, the Blues added a lot more depth so they wouldn’t have to face the same situation this year. The Blues added Peter Mueller, Jori Lehtera, Phil McRae, and Joakim Lindstrom from Europe, and signed Colin Fraser (Kings), Jeremy Welsh (Vancouver Canucks), Benn Ferriero (Vancouver Canucks/Utica Comets), and John McCarthy (San Jose Sharks) to bolster their depth.
It’s a given that Fraser, McCarthy, Ferriero, McRae, and Welsh will start with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Meanwhile, the Blues will have many other fighting for roster spots. Read More…