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RIP, Bob Suter / rookie camp, etc.

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It’s 34 and a half years later, and a few of the people behind the bench have gone, including Herbie himself. It’s still kind of unfathomable that players from the 1980 U.S. Olympic team could be mortal. RIP, Bob Suter. Mundanely: Islanders rookie camp runs Friday to next Wednesday at the Coliseum, the team announced […] [Read More]

Remembering, three years later: weekend notes

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Sept. 7 remains a great day in lots of ways for me: important family day, and it’s the anniversary of the blog (entering its 10th season, somehow). But now it’s also the anniversary of the Lokomotiv plane crash. Still devastating to think about checking the Yaroslavl roster page over at EliteProspects that night three years […] [Read More]

(Add: Stretch signing) Diamond to Hershey; IceCaps stay put

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Edit: Make it three, as Chris Bayee reports Bridgeport’s signing of C.J. Stretch, late of Oklahoma City, to an AHL contract. He also notes a training-camp invite for Stockton’s Tyler Maxwell. Couple of notes from Wednesday afternoon: Joey Diamond signs with Hershey. And St. John’s will have the IceCaps through at least 2015-16, they and […] [Read More]

Drug-testing program for the AHL

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The last AHL CBA said drug testing and education needed study. The league and the PHPA have evidently studied hard, as the AHL announced today a drug testing and education program that will “substantially replicate the collectively bargained policies already in place for NHL players.” [Read More]
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Going for three: Schedule notes

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If you’re going to avoid midweek games — and the Sound Tigers do, particularly now that they run the building, like the Bubonic Plague — you push games to the weekend. The result this year of having one Wednesday-night home game is a team-record 16 three-in-threes. We have seen some weird things in the third […] [Read More]
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What’s on sale: Tuesday notes

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The sale of the Islanders doesn’t sound as if it includes Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment at the moment. That’s what we heard from Bridgeport, most directly from Howard Saffan. He’s impressed with both new owners. They’ll take their two years and see how everything goes. As of now, Saffan said, HYS&E isn’t involved. Two […] [Read More]

Islanders sale to come

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The Big Club has new ownership, pending approvals: Arthur Staple broke and the team announced soon after that Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin will buy a “substantial minority interest” in the team and become majority owners in two years. Charles Wang remains in charge in the meantime. [Read More]
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Barroway’s filing

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I guess vacation’s technically over after 1 a.m., and anyhow, we’ve come back to fun with filings. Andrew Barroway sued Charles Wang in Manhattan on Monday, as the Daily News first reported, alleging that Wang reneged on a deal to sell the Islanders. Exhibit A: a purchase agreement that appears to include the Sound Tigers […] [Read More]
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Two fights, seven minutes, bucket list: Rules changes/notes

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They cite player safety, and hey, in a week where I’m getting dizzy after a minute or two on the bike, I’m all for reducing concussions. But the AHL Board of Governors approved some massive rules changes at Hilton Head this week. In order: –Overtime. They’ll do a dry scrape of the whole rink at […] [Read More]

Low bridge, everybody down: Syracuse to the Northeast

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You’re the AHL’s Board of Governors. You know massive change is coming in the next year, maybe two. You’ve got a division alignment that has worked OK for the past three seasons. You’ve got one major franchise relocation that wouldn’t mind staying where it (roughly) was, alignment-wise. You’ve got one minor franchise relocation that really […] [Read More]
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