Sn 11 Ep 22: Panthers to Portland, Chris Roy & Cole Schneider

Florida to Portland

PANTHERS TO PORTLAND BAK STUDIOS – This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff return to the airwaves with another great episode covering the American Hockey League. On this week’s show, the two hosts breakdown the latest on the Florida Panthers and the Portland Pirates entering into a multi-year agreement starting in the 2015-16 season. The two hosts discuss the immediate reports of three other affiliation moves including where might the Arizona Coyotes land for next season and that may not be with the San Antonio Rampage as most might think. The two hosts then discuss once again the debate of the role of the American Hockey League, is it just a developmental league to get prospects up to … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Pirates New NHL Affiliate, IceCaps Hellebuyck, NHL Looking at 3 on 3 OT

Pirates New NHL Affiliate

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Pirates to have new NHL affiliate By Chris Roy | Maine Hockey Journal PORTLAND – The Portland Pirates will have a new NHL affiliate next season. It is expected the Pirates will announce this week that they’ve signed an affiliation agreement with a new National Hockey League team for next season, ending a four-year relationship with the Arizona Coyotes. Leading candidates to replace the Coyotes currently are the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals. Brad Church, Pirates’ Chief Operating Officer, has acknowledged that he has held talks with several NHL clubs, but declined to comment on the specifics of those talks. He did say they were promising, and an … Continue reading

AHL Read This: St Johns IceCaps Hamilton Bulldogs Relocation Reaction

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. IceCaps had to be good to be lucky By Brendan McCarthy | The Telegram Things fell in place for Habs deal, but St. John’s had a lot to offer, too It’s understandable, all this Habs hype. After all, it’s THE Montreal Canadiens who will be bringing their American Hockey League team to St. John’s next season. Not the New Jersey Devils or New York Islanders or Ottawa Senators, Mind you, Danny Williams and Glenn Stanford and the St. John’s IceCaps would have gladly taken the Devils, Isles or Sens as a replacement NHL affiliate for the Winnipeg Jets, but if you had asked them to rate the 29 other NHL organizations … Continue reading

Changing AHL Still Has A Few Moves To Go Before The I-6 Invasion Year’s Major Shake-up

MAJOR CHANGES IN PLACE FOR AHL 2015-16 SEASON BAK STUDIOS – The American Hockey League has seen many changes over its 79 years of supplying prospects to the National Hockey League. In the AHL’s first season in 1936-37 the league consisted of 8 teams: New Haven, Philadelphia, Providence and Springfield in the Eastern Division and Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and the league’s first champion, Syracuse in the Western Division. Move forward to 2014-15 and the the league now sits with 30 franchises, boasting a franchise affiliation with every NHL team. However at one point, the AHL was in a battle with the International Hockey League who catered as well to the NHL but ran things differently trying to run in major cities in the United States and … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 21: Devils Captain Rod Pelley, Pat Cannone, Ben Holmstrom & Jonathan Bombulie

DEVILS CAPTAIN ROD PELLEY BAK STUDIOS – This week on the only show produced to cover the American Hockey League, the Power Play Post Show brings another huge show with four guests and a lot of news centering around the league. Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff start the show off with thoughts on the breaking news involving the sale of the Hamilton Bulldogs to the Montreal Canadiens, the move out of Hamilton to St. John’s to become the new St. John’s IceCaps and the Winnipeg Jets decision to move their AHL franchise from St. John’s back to the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba to revive the Manitoba Moose.  The two then break down all the latest news and information from around the league including … Continue reading

Pivotal Weekend Ahead For Albany Devils

One doesn’t have to be Kenny Loggins to realize, “this is it.” This, being the upcoming home-stand for the Albany Devils. More specifically, this weekend’s three-and-three at the Times Union Center, when the Devils host the Worcester Sharks, Syracuse Crunch and Springfield Falcons. After winning just two games in February, Albany has matched that total (2-0-1) already in March, earning a point in each contest thus far. Currently the sixth through eighth spots in the Eastern Conference are knotted up at 70 points apiece, with the aforementioned Sharks, Falcons and Portland Pirates all playing musical chairs. With 59 games played, Albany has 62 points and is eight back of a postseason berth. The Devils have a game in hand on Springfield and the same amount … Continue reading

Built To Be Champions The 1994-95 Albany River Rats

The 1994-95 season was a special one for the New Jersey Devils organization. It was a championship season that was on full display, with the franchise celebrating its 20th anniversary of winning its first Stanley Cup title. That club featured a number of players who honed their craft at Albany, Utica and other stops around the AHL. Speaking of which, that year was pretty special for the Devils top minor-league affiliate, the Albany River Rats. That season, the Rats won Albany’s first Calder Cup championship. It was the first time since the Montreal Canadiens and Nova Scotia Voyageurs, each won it in the same season, back in 1976-77. Seeing the 1995 squad back together, brought back a lot of great memories, leading some in Albany … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 20: Falcons Captain Ryan Craig, Brien Rea, Will O’Neill & T.J. Hensick

Falcons Captain Ryan Craig

FALCONS CAPTAIN RYAN CRAIG BAK STUDIOS – This week on the Power Play Post Show, Host Bob Howard welcomes Co-Host Megan Reiff into the studios for this week’s edition of the show. On her way up to Hamilton, Ontario to catch two games this weekend with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Megan stopped by the studios to record this week’s segment and drop off a Bridgeport Soundtigers, Brett Gallant bobble-head for Bob’s extensive AHL collection. The two hosts in their very un-script scripted segment walk the fans of the American Hockey League through the NHL trade deadline and how the AHL was affected, plus a walk through the standings and all the latest news and information around the AHL. A mini debate through out this week’s segment … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 19: Milwaukee Admirals Taylor Aronson & an All Star Medley

Milwaukee Admirals Taylor Aronson

MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS TAYLOR ARONSON This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff bring all the latest news and notes from around the American Hockey League. With the NHL’s trade deadline coming up this Monday at 3:00 PM, trades are already starting to happen in the AHL and the two hosts discuss the latest moves. The two also breakdown the latest standings, news on the Albany Devils staying in Albany, more news on the Pacific Division teams names and a little history lesson on the San Diego Gulls name. This week’s special guests on the show: Taylor Aronson – Milwaukee Admirals -Defenseman – On Twitter: @Taronson37 – Taylor joined Host Bob this week on the show to talk about growing up … Continue reading

Albany Devils Looking To Strike The Right Balance

Fighting through the fog of February. It is never an especially easy task. A task only made more difficult with a slate chalk full of road games, including a recent three-in-three weekend road swing. While they clotted the bleeding Saturday at Utica, the Albany Devils have been scuffling of late. Albany remains a game over AHL .500 but by virtue of going 2-8 in its last ten contests, has fallen seven points off the pace for the 8th and final playoff spot. Certainly there are some key differences between this squad and the one which stood atop the standings after all hallows eve. In New Jersey are Keith Kinkaid, Steve Bernier and Peter Harrold. Then of course the injuries and various call-ups that all clubs … Continue reading