Kind of a busy day on all fronts in the Canucks organization. Starting most locally: The NHL.com lists have Brandon DeFazio to Vancouver.
With its board meeting over, the AHL announced division alignments. The Eastern Conference is unchanged. Utica goes to the North Division, and Houston’s departure turns the former South Division into a new West that includes Abbotsford and Charlotte, two of the three greatest geographical outposts.
(If I was realigning radically for this year, I’d go St. John’s to the North, Springfield to the Atlantic, Bridgeport and Hartford to the East, and a revived Empire Division (minus Rochester) of Utica, Bingo, Syracuse, Adirondack and Albany. But that makes no sense, it ignores the Western Conference, and I just want more trips to Pennsylvania.)
Team Business Services awards included a community-service honor for Bridgeport, named the top team in the Eastern Conference.
|HER||Mark French (5/17)||Mike Haviland (6/18)|
|TOR||Dallas Eakins (EDM head, 6/10)||Steve Spott (7/3)|
|IOW||John Torchetti (CSKA, 6/24)||—|
|SA||Chuck Weber (Dir. hockey ops, 6/25)||Peter Horachek (6/25)|
|CHI-a||Scott Arniel (NYR ass’t, 7/2)||John Anderson (expected 7/16)|
|UTI-a||Dave Allison-p||Travis Green (7/11)|
a-affiliation change, not that that necessarily makes a difference. p-Allison was coach in Peoria.
Edit: Looks like Rochester sticks with Chadd Cassidy.
Classic Kovalchuk #trailblazer
— Mark Katic (@KOkatic) July 11, 2013