AHL Read This: Falcons Owner Speaks on Rumors, Habs Time in St. John’s & More

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Springfield Falcons owner on report of affiliation shift to Arizona: ‘There is nothing to report’ By Ron Chimelis | rchimelis@repub.com The owner of the Springfield Falcons dismissed a report linking his franchise to a multi-team switch of National Hockey League affiliations involving their minor league partners. “There is nothing to report. We currently have another year (on the Falcons’ deal) with Columbus,” Charlie Pompea said Thursday after an unconfirmed report from Rochester, N.Y., that the Arizona Coyotes would supply the Falcons with players for the 2015-16 season. Officials from the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are Springfield’s NHL affiliate, have not commented on the report of Rob Sanderson, a … 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

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

AHL Read This: Canadian AHL Teams Hurting, NHL vs Independent AHL Owners, Ashton Traded

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Canada’s AHL teams hit hard by falling dollar By Teri Pecoskie | Hamilton Spectator In Hamilton and across Canada, American Hockey League teams are being burned by the drooping dollar. Bulldogs president Stephen Ostaszewicz says a dip in the loonie’s value — around 15 per cent since the team’s travel budget was set last June — has created “a significant headwind.” “All of our trips on the back end of the schedule, specifically the months of March and April, are U.S.-based,” he added. “It’s just another avenue that creates pressure on the business.” The Bulldogs — along with St. John’s IceCaps and Toronto Marlies, the league’s other Canadian franchises … 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

AHL Read This: San Diego AHL Town?, Shane Prince Progresses, Jason Akeson Struggles

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. A pro hockey town again? By Chris Jenkins | UT San Diego At the time, four decades ago, official capacity at the San Diego Sports Arena was set at 13,363. That particular Saturday night, more than 14,000 tickets were sold to a hockey game, an impressive fact that the San Diego Gulls proudly shared on the public-address system. “The fire marshal went berserk,” said Bruce Binkowski, the front-office employee who announced the attendance. “The next time we sold more than 14,000 seats, we only announced 13,363.” The point is, there was a “next time.” The Gulls — despite playing in a much smaller city than it is today, a … 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