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Day 1 running: Mouillierat, Zolnierczyk, Leggio, Skille sign

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The Islanders have signed Kael Mouillierat, Harry Zolnierczyk, Jack Skille and David Leggio to one-year contracts. More below. The Islanders hit a couple of targets early, signing Chad Johnson as their backup goalie and AHL defenseman of the year T.J. Brennan as an offensive defenseman. (Arthur Staple reports it’s a one-way deal for Brennan.) Dylan […] [Read More]

Halak signs/US done as always: Thursday notes

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So basically, in Game 3 of a conference final at MSG between the Rangers and Canadiens is going to overtime, a linesman is going to take a Ranger out, and the Habs are going to win. Got it. Big day for the Big Club. They announced them in reverse order, but you’d think getting Jaroslav […] [Read More]

Flames in Adirondack: Friday notes

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Glens Falls is now home to the Adirondack Flames, complete with something resembling the old Atlanta Flames logo. Clear victory. The buzz out of that press conference was that the Flames will wind up in the Western Conference with Utica et al. They made official as well that former Portland boss Brian Petrovek will run […] [Read More]

Fives wild: Wednesday notes/Worlds locals

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All three AHL games had a five-goal period tonight, a different period in each game, and two of the three needed overtime. After Providence scored two goals in the first 66 seconds of the third, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had to come back from three goals down in the last 13 minutes to force overtime. It took over […] [Read More]

Playoffs elsewhere: Friday games

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Jonathan Bombulie did up a neat table today: AHL cities’ playoff records since the WBS Penguins’ inception. Though they haven’t won a Calder Cup, the Pens have been in enough and made enough deep runs to be the Connie Macks of the AHL: 14 more wins than Hershey; 23 more losses than Providence. Scroll down […] [Read More]

Hospitality: Friday playoff wrapup (updated)

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There were games in every series but Texas-OKC on Friday night. And a few went to overtime, on the 10th anniversary of the last Game 7 played in Bridgeport, the last time the Sound Tigers had a playoff series end at home. And among those games: One involving the team that won that game 10 […] [Read More]

The Drought at 11: annual playoff-winless examination

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Let’s get this annual endless bit of exposition out of the way. It keeps growing, somehow. Used to be like one paragraph. Anyway. The Sound Tigers last won a playoff series in 2003. (Game 3 against Manchester was 11 years ago tonight, as it happens, also a Friday.) Since then, 25 of the other 29 […] [Read More]

Road to the End: Thursday notes

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This last week with an eliminated team felt different from other seasons’ last weeks, and I think I figured out why yesterday, dumb as it sounds. This is the first time Bridgeport will miss the playoffs while finishing the season on the road. The first five times, the season ended at home. But there’s a […] [Read More]

Who are these… oh, wait: Wednesday notes

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A different-looking Bridgeport team than we remember. Halmo with Langkow and Vaughan. Diamond with Holmstrom and Harris. Mangene alongside Gallant. Sundstrom with Antipin and Bruton. Donovan. Mayfield. It’s almost like a midseason practice. Almost. “There’s still guys like Hickman, Antipin, Holmstrom, Crus Rydberg, Harris, all the young defensemen,” Scott Pellerin said. “We’re still teaching the […] [Read More]

Welcome to Pulock: Adirondack pregame

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Obviously the whole “Foam” thing was a ruse to get Ryan Pulock a home game. A sop for the fans who suffered all year. (Or something.) Pulock arrived in time for this morning’s team picture and will make his pro debut tonight against Adirondack. The AHL return of John Persson follows a flurry-of-transactions day. If […] [Read More]