Sn 11 Ep 13: More Silly Season News, TJ Brennan, Pete Michaud & Jeff Mannix

Finally on the PPPShow, Host Bob welcomed TJ Brennan of the Rockford IceHogs on the show to talk about his career.

MORE SILLY SEASON NEWS This week on “Silly Season” edition of the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff try to make sense of the recent and credible news articles pertaining to the Western Movement that is apparently being planned for next season in the American Hockey League. Two articles were posted on Wednesday that talked about seriously planning for the potential Pacific Division in which both Bob and Megan give their thoughts on. One of the articles: Sources: Admirals being sold, will leave Norfolk basically talks about the Norfolk Admirals being sold to the Anaheim Ducks to be moved to San Diego while the Edmonton Oilers would move it’s ECHL team from Bakersfield, California to Norfolk and has quotes from the Admirals owner, Ken … Continue reading

AHL Movement Madness: Is Your Team Safe?

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The dominoes are slowly falling but when the dust settles, the American Hockey League landscape could be something more resembling Jenga. Where the pieces or in this case the teams, fit and or fall, is anyone’s guess. First it was the announcement that the Oklahoma City Barons will cease operations at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. Now there’s news, the Norfolk Admirals will raise anchor and change coasts. While it’s hardly news that there will be an AHL Pacific Division, come 2015, this chain reaction could have reverberations far beyond Oklahoma City, Norfolk, Manchester, Worcester, Glens Falls, etc. Not to be an alarmist or create mass speculation but if you think your team is safe, you may want to think again. If the initial … Continue reading

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

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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

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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

Sn 11 Ep 12: All Star Coaches Announced, Sean Shapiro and Alex Ackerman

Rockford IceHogs Asisstant Coach, Mark Osiecki has left the team to coach Team USA in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships. He will return when the tournament is over.

ALL STAR COACHES ANNOUNCED This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff bring a special Tuesday night edition of the show just a day away from the 2014 New Years Eve holiday. Bob and Megan start the show off with a look at the American Hockey League standings through December 30th and how the divisions stand going into the new year. The two hosts then went over the latest news and notes from around the AHL including the announcement of this season’s Eastern and Western Conference coaches for the 2015 All Star Classic, plus a rec goalie gets to live out his dreams with the Iowa Wild and the Rockford IceHogs Assistant Coach Mark Osiecki coaching Team USA in the 2015 … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 11: OKC Barons to Cease Operations, Bears Tim Kennedy and Kevin Oklobzija

Hershey Bears forward, Tim Kennedy talks about his career and playing once again with Kris Newbury.

OKC BARONS TO CEASE OPERATIONS This week on the Power Play Post Show before the Christmas holiday, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff bring one of the most news filled shows to the fans of the American Hockey League. With the news just breaking hours before the show was recorded, Bob and Megan provide details into the Oklahoma City Barons announcement to cease operations after the 2014-15 season. However the plan for the Edmonton Oilers to not continue their affiliation agreement with the Barons may have been sparked by the Oilers plan to play in California even as soon as next season. Hosts Bob and Megan also react to Darren Dreger‘s tweet from earlier today: AHL sources won’t divulge details, however, a west division comprised of LA, … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 10: Griffins Chris Bruton, Comets Cal O’Reilly and Jessica Highman

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GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS CHRIS BRUTON This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff have another jam packed show for the American Hockey League fans. The two hosts start the show off with a quick look around the AHL standings and the league leaders. Then its down to the AHL new and notes from around the league including the Charlotte Checkers getting a new/old home to play in, the Milwaukee Admirals working with the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA on a new home arena, the AHL Player of the Week and the two discuss the latest two articles centered around AHL western movement. Chris Bruton – Grand Rapids Griffins – Right Wings – On Twitter: @chrisbruton1987 – Chris joined Bob this week on … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 9: Monarchs Forward Brian O’Neill, Doug Plagens and Chris Roy

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MONARCHS FORWARD BRIAN O’NEILL This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff bring another excited and jammed packed broadcast to the fans of the American Hockey League. Bob and Megan open the show with Megan’s thoughts on her mini “Arena Tour” from this past weekend, a look at the standings in the AHL, the trades from this week effecting AHL teams and a discussion on fancy stats. Brian O’Neill – Manchester Monarchs – Right Wing – On Twitter: @Brian9ONeill – Brian joined the show this week to talk about growing up outside of Philadelphia in the suburb of Yardley, Pennsylvania, the challenges of a young hockey player in that part of the country, playing with the Yale Bulldogs and playing within … Continue reading

Albany Devils Review and Glance Ahead

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An inauspicious start to November, left the Albany Devils pining for October hockey. Considering the callups, injuries and a couple of minor suspensions, Albany rebounded well and gained some momentum into December. Despite a depleted roster, the A-Devils have gained a point in each of the past four contests. Albany finished the month of November at 4-6-1-3 (12 points). On the season, the Devils are 10-6-1-4 (25 points) and are in a three-way-tie for fourth in the AHL Eastern Conference standings. On the leader-board, Joe Whitney and Paul Thompson are among the top 20, posting 19 and 18 points respectively, while Thompson is tied for second in the AHL with eleven goals scored. Through two months, Albany ranks 16th on the power play (16.7%) and … Continue reading

The 1995-96 Albany River Rats – Where Are They Now?

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It is difficult in any sport to repeat as champions. In American League Hockey it has happened just eight times, with 2008-09 and 2009-10 Hershey Bears being the last to accomplish the feat. The old Springfield Indians are the lone AHL club to three-peat, doing so from 1959-62. In the 1995-96 season, the Albany River Rats were the pure definition of domination. Fresh off a Calder Cup championship season in 1994-95, the Rats and their defending Stanley Cup champion parent club New Jersey Devils, were riding high and looking to capture a second consecutive Cup. Alas it was not to be, as the free wheeling River Rats fell to the clutch and grab Conwall Aces (along with some pennies from heaven on the ice in … Continue reading