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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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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]