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‘Round the League

Catching up: vacations, schedules, notes

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Through all of this stuff the past few weeks, no one relegated Bridgeport to the Central League? You’re slipping, Internet. Even if you’ve been to the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall in Washington, seriously, get yourself out to Dulles and see the relatively new Udvar-Hazy Center. The grown-up review is that it’s […] [Read More]

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]

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]

Free agents and drafts: Saturday notes

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Jonathan Bombulie’s and Michael Cignoli’s AHL free agents list is out. It only includes the unrestricted free agents, not guys who may not be tendered by Monday at 5 p.m. Of Bridgeport’s four NHL free agents, then, Joe Finley is the only one to make the Top 100. An assortment of former Sound Tigers are […] [Read More]

Stars are champions/Tuesday notes

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Patrick Nemeth’s goal 14:30 into overtime has made a champion of the Texas Stars. Nemeth ended a back-and-forth overtime in a back-and-forth Game 5, and Texas took the Calder Cup with a 4-3 win. Travis Morin follows Jason Krog, 2008, as the only players to win both the regular-season and playoff MVP awards in the […] [Read More]

Final to the brink/Cro’s back: Monday notes

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Texas is a win away from the Calder Cup after a huge comeback-slash-massive St. John’s collapse Monday. Travis Morin scored in overtime for the second game in a row, a 4-3 Stars win. Morin, if I’ve updated lists accurately, becomes the 10th player in AHL history to score two overtime goals in the same series. […] [Read More]

Kings win the Cup again: Friday notes

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Alec Martinez wins the Stanley Cup for the L.A. Kings in double OT tonight, an amazing game with almost two full periods of amazing overtime. One of several Kings to come through Manchester under Mark Morris and Scott Pellerin. All that separates us from baseball season are two to four AHL games. The Calder Cup […] [Read More]

Caps even, Aces win: Monday notes

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The Sound Tigers factor somehow remains in effect in the Calder Cup Final, but tonight was all about Michael Hutchinson, who sounded unconscious in the third period in the IceCaps’ series-evening, 2-1 win at Texas. Hutchinson stopped, by period, 16, 13 and 20 shots to limit the Stars to one. The St. John’s goals were […] [Read More]

Watching the Final and the comics: Friday notes

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The AHL summarized the multimedia broadcast coverage schedule for the Calder Cup Final. Without NHL Network ourselves and not being otherwise flush with the cash, we’ll be listening to either Brian Rogers or Owen Newkirk, figuring we can’t go wrong either way, when we’re not otherwise working. (Busy few weeks, as you may’ve noted on […] [Read More]