AHL Read This: AHL Western Movement Begins, Nick & Drew Shore, Tom Kostopoulos

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. AHL’s West Coast migration becomes official today By Kevin Oklobzija | Rochester Democrat & Chronicle When the American Hockey League’s board of governors convenes today in Verona — amid the backdrop of Turning Stone Resort Casino’s slot machines and roulette tables during the All-Star Classic — they will vote into reality the league’s first full-fledged footprint on the West Coast. Whether it’s a division, a pod or a sub-league is a matter of semantics. But starting next season, there officially will be five teams in California, with at least two other NHL teams, the Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche, exploring how to bring their AHL operations closer to the NHL … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Kolarik On John Hynes, Oilers Poor Use of Prospects, Kostopoulos re-signs

Kolarik On John Hynes

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Hynes is “1000% Ready” to Become an NHL Coach Highland Park Hockey | Tony Androckitis Whether or not John Hynes’ scheduled interview for the Pittsburgh Penguins coaching vacancy, first reported by the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review’s Rob Rossi, is one of formality or he is on newly-hired GM Jim Rutherford’s “short list” of head coaching candidates, a former player under Hynes certainly believes he’s NHL-ready.“Hynes does not get the credit he deserves,” said forward Chad Kolarik, a member of the 2012-13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who is now playing overseas with Linkoping of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).Kolarik came to the AHL Penguins in a mid-season trade during the 2012-13 season and while he … Continue reading