AHL Read This: Barons Championship Run, IceCaps Challenges, All Star Coaches

Barons Championship Run

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Oklahoma City Barons: Are Barons on a championship run? by Michael Baldwin | News OK As the American Hockey League season nears the halfway point, the Oklahoma City Barons are looking a lot like last year’s version of the Texas Stars, the defending Calder Cup champions. A year ago, the Stars were the most consistent team in the AHL, earned the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and stormed to the title by losing only six playoff games in four series. This season, it’s the Barons (23-7-4) who are currently the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City is riding a seven-game win streak and is 9-1-0 … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Marc Methot To Binghamton; Griffins’ McCollum; Monsters Joey Hishon

Marc Methot to Binghamton

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Marc Methot To Binghamton On A Conditioning Stint by Jack Leiper | Senshot.com The Ottawa Senators announced on Friday that veteran d-man Marc Methot will have a conditioning stint in Binghamton. Methot has been dealing with back trouble since last April at the world championships. Methot had previously considered a conditioning stint while Paul MacLean was in town, but as Bruce Garrioch tweeted Thursday, it sounded as though MacLean was blocking any prospects of an AHL stint. The conditioning stint is set to begin this weekend and Methot is likely to return to Ottawa after Sunday. Binghamton is set to play Saturday and Sunday, in two games where Methot … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Trevor Gillies Fallout, 18 year olds in AHL, Pirates winning fans back

Trevor Gillies Fallout

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. AHL suspends Trevor Gillies 12 games for head-slamming incident By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer Adirondack Flames forward Trevor Gillies, a career-enforcer throughout the minor leagues and briefly with the Anaheim Ducks and New York Islanders, has been suspended 12 games by the American Hockey League for an incident during an attempted fight with Rochester Americans forward William Carrier. After Gillies engaged the 19-year-old Carrier, who did not appear willing to drop the gloves with the 35-year-old pugilist, Gillies picked Carrier up by his jersey collar and slammed his head to the ice twice. The noted goon received 27 minutes in penalties including two misconducts for his actions. … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Flames Shooting For Profitability; Falcons New Coach, Texas Being Hunted

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Flames shooting for profitability By Amanda May Metzger | Post Star.com GLENS FALLS — As the Adirondack Flames take the ice, they’re aiming not only for the net. They’re making a play for your discretionary spending in the competitive arena of family entertainment. As Flames President Brian Petrovek explained, operating the Calgary Flames American Hockey League affiliate is like running other businesses, but with an uncommon product: a hockey team that takes the ice for its home opener Saturday at 7 against the Albany Devils. “We define ourselves as a properly priced family entertainment option. What makes us unique is we have world-class athletes that can do things on … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Five Player Trade For Islanders, Spezza/Morin AHL MVP, McKenna Homecoming

Five Player Trade For Islanders

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Islanders trade for defensemen Boychuk, Leddy By John Kreiser | NHL.com Managing Editor The New York Islanders retooled their defense Saturday, acquiring veteran defenseman Johnny Boychuk from the Boston Bruins and up-and-coming defenseman Nick Leddy from the Chicago Blackhawks in separate trades. Boychuk, who helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011, was obtained for two second-round picks, one in the 2015 NHL Draft and another in 2016. There is a conditional third-round pick in 2015 involved in the trade, which comes into play if the Islanders trade Boychuk to another Eastern Conference team before the end of this season. The 2015 second-round pick going to Boston was … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Civic Center Future Decision, Bruins prospects, Stars Julius Honka, Ryan Craig Returns

Civic Center Future Decision

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Common Council to meet in private Monday to reach Civic Center sale consensus By Maury Thompson | Post Star.com GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Common Council is expected to reach “a consensus opinion” on the sale of the Glens Falls Civic Center at a special meeting on Monday, said 1st Ward Councilman James Campinell. “I think we’re all going to be in agreement. Let’s put it that way,” he said, in an interview at City Hall on Friday. Glens Falls Mayor John “Jack” Diamond and Common Council members would not say specifically which of the two bids they favor, but said they have concerns with aspects of the … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Bulldogs pass on Veterans, Support to Keep IceCaps, BriseBois on new Rules

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 … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Minard Sentenced For Sexual Misconduct; Civic Center gets $1.5 million bid; New Rules

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Minard sentenced for sexual misconduct Telegram Sports | Published on September 10, 2014 Former St. John’s Maple Leafs goaltender Mike Minard is in a Maine jail today, serving a two-month sentence after pleading no contest to a charge of sexual misconduct with a 13-year-old girl. Minard, who had been working as an assistant coach with the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates, began serving his sentence Aug. 27. According to the Portland Press Herald, it is a two-month sentence without probation. He will spend the next 10 years on Maine’s Sex Offenders Registry. Minard was charged earlier this with soliciting sex from a minor and sending her a cellphone picture of … Continue reading

AHL Read This: PHPA AHL Extend CBA, 1994 Pirates Celebrate, IceCaps Award, Realignment, Rules Changes

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. No Drama as PHPA, AHL Agree to Extend CBA for One Year Stephen Meserve | 100 Degree Hockey If you were expecting drama and fireworks around the AHL collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations this summer, you are probably going to be disappointed. Then again, that lack of fireworks is a good thing for labor negotiations and keeping the top development league in the world up and running for another season. “Our CBA was up this year, but the league had an option to renew it,” said Texas captain Maxime Fortunus, who has served as a PHPA player rep for five years. “This year was pretty easy for us. … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Lidster To Vancouver, St. Denis re-signs, Morris Lands in Florida, Pirates Future

Lidster To Vancouver

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Doug Lidster to join Canucks as assistant coach BY ELLIOTT PAP, VANCOUVER SUN VANCOUVER — One-time Vancouver Canucks defenceman Doug Lidster will be joining Willie Desjardins’s staff as an assistant coach with the team. Lidster, 53, played nine full seasons with the Canucks from 1984-1993 but was with the New York Rangers in 1994 when they beat the Canucks in the Stanley Cup final. A native of Kamloops, Lidster spent the last two seasons as Desjardins’ assistant with the Texas Stars of the American League. The Stars won the AHL championship last month. With Glen Gulutzan apparently staying on, it appears the Canucks coaching staff is now complete. Goalie … Continue reading