Sn 11 Ep 36: AHL 1415 Season In Review, the Season’s Biggest Stories

AHL 1415 SEASON IN REVIEW BAK STUDIOS – This week on the Power Play Post Show, it’s all about the AHL 1415 Season in Review as Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff look back at the biggest stories of this season plus we bring back three great guests from this season in a mega Throwback Thursday set of interviews. The two hosts start the show off with the latest news and notes from around the American Hockey League including St. John’s IceCaps Captain Jason Jaffray leaving to play in Europe next season, a new General Manager for the Lake Erie Monsters, renovations for the Springfield Falcons and San Diego Gulls arenas and the Syracuse Crunch will be taking the Utica Comets to Lyon, France for the … 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

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

Albany Devils February Focus

Short month, long and winding road trip. That’s what awaits the Albany Devils in February. Much like a baseball team in July, it’s a bit perplexing for a hockey team to have only a pair of home games in the dead of winter but such are the scheduling quirks of the AHL. Thus far, 2015 has been kind to the Devils. January saw the club register a ledger of 8-4-2-1, including a run of points in eight of their last nine games. Albany (22-15-4-5, 53 points) enters February tied with the Portland Pirates for sixth place in the Eastern Conference and just eight points off the pace, behind the Thruway rival Syracuse Crunch, for first place in the Northeast Division and overall in the Conference. … Continue reading

New Jersey Devils AHL Development Belongs In Albany

In 2010 they rode into town and planted their pitchfork at center ice. Hey Albany, we’re back. It was with that proclamation, the AHL was to stay in the capital of New York. Replacing the Albany River Rats, the artists formerly known as the River Rats, before they were the artists formerly known as the Lowell Devils, the Albany Devils signed a five-year lease agreement with the Times Union Center, which included facility upgrades. Fast forward to 2015 and they are in the final year of that lease. In case you haven’t noticed lately, much has been bandied about with regard to mass migration of clubs around the American Hockey League. Albany has not been immune from such speculation. That isn’t to say the New … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Could Albany Lose Team, Wild John Torchetti & More West Movement Articles

Could Albany Lose Team

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Could Albany, Glens Falls lose hockey teams? League realignment plan could have an effect on fates of Flames, Devils By Pete Dougherty | Times Union California, here we come. The American Hockey League hasn’t adopted the slogan yet, but it may soon fit. The 79-year-old circuit, which develops players for the National Hockey League, is on the verge of creating a group of Golden State affiliates. The plan, which has been in the works for 21/2 years, may affect the future of the two Capital Region AHL franchises. AHL president Dave Andrews, unavailable Monday for comment on this story, has said previously that owners of many NHL Western Conference teams want … Continue reading

AHL Movement Madness: Is Your Team Safe?

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

Albany Devils Review and Glance Ahead

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