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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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Poulin opts in: holiday weekend notes

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A newsy local bit as Kevin Poulin exercised his right to salary arbitration, one of 20 restricted free agents to do so. That essentially takes him off the market; either he and the Islanders will agree to a new contract, or an arbitrator will do it for them. From Pittsburgh on the “new approach” to […] [Read More]

Brave new world: Thursday notes

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Capgeek has the contracts up for the four two-way guys the Islanders signed on Tuesday. Harry Zolnierczyk, as Ryan Rishaug reported, and Jack Skille both get $300,000 on the back end of the contracts, and Kael Mouillierat and David Leggio both get $175,000. That’s a combined $950,000 for four players. Last year’s opening-night Bridgeport roster […] [Read More]

Inexact science ’14: Draft day/Thursday notes

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And so it’s draft day, the day organizations stock their farm systems down the road. Of course, considering the moving pieces around the league, the renovations at Nassau Coliseum, the uncertainty almost everwhere in the AHL… Wonder whose draft picks we should really be following. But there’s always the (Dusan Salficky) (Martin Chabada) (Steve Regier) […] [Read More]

Notes from the past few days: Monday notes

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A total bummer from a busy personnel day: Dave Baseggio has been promoted to assistant to the general manager in Anaheim. The bummer, obviously, isn’t in the well-earned promotion for a good guy. The bummer’s that he and family will be leaving the area. Bummer, man. But great news. The Ducks were busy, too, with […] [Read More]

Bonino at the pro-am: Wednesday notes

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You can keep your UConn coaches and chefs or whatever (well, most of them) — when I looked over the list of celebrities and amateurs playing in the celebrity pro-am Wednesday, the only name that jumped was Farmington’s Nick Bonino’s. Caught up with him for a couple of minutes. Said he hit ‘em pretty well […] [Read More]

Adirondack comeback: Monday notes

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It may be a port in a storm before the Western Migration, but Calgary is in fact bringing the kids to Glens Falls in the fall. The Flames replace the Phantoms. More details (including nickname and conference alignment, which could blow some stuff up if they want to stay with some of the other Canadian […] [Read More]

Moving on: Wednesday notes

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Kevin Schultz linked up a story from Sweden on Anders Nilsson. Nilsson’s quoted in the story as saying he doesn’t want to play another year in the AHL. Interesting tack after a year that admittedly had some ups and downs here. Granted, the first two years were marked by injuries and health issues at times, […] [Read More]

Silver pounds Sterling?: Tuesday notes

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Got to be honest. My knowledge of the NBA stops around Eighth Avenue, if it gets that far. So when the Clippers weren’t atrocious the past few years, I’d assumed Donald Sterling was no longer involved. Anyway. Saturday is the Sound Tigers’ annual locker room equipment sale, 10-11:30 a.m.; full- and 20-game-season-ticketholders can show up […] [Read More]