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Sept. 11/Rules tweaks/Thursday notes

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Happy to be in New York, my second home, on this day. Remembering all of those who lost their lives 13 years ago #NeverForget — John Persson (@JohnPersson21) September 11, 2014 (We won’t forget. We can’t forget.) ….. The NHL announced some major minor rule changes. Some follow what the AHL already announced about overtimes, […] [Read More]

Day planners due Wednesday: Tuesday notes

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Schedule. Wednesday. 11 a.m. #wheresmyspycamera.* Over the Boards reported that Tage Thompson, Brent’s son, has committed to UConn. Tage is Class of 2016 for high school, so it’s a couple of years away. Former Fairfield Prepster Will Brophy tweeted the other night that he’s given his commitment to Holy Cross. Tim Leone notes that there’s […] [Read More]

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]

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]

Pereira to Bridgeport II

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Like his brother, Joe, Mike Pereira made his pro debut with the Worcester Sharks. Unlike Joe, Mike didn’t join the Sound Tigers immediately after that. But he’s joined them soon enough: had confirmed that he’s signing an AHL contract with Bridgeport for next year, as Chip Malafronte first reported. Pereira debuted in Bridgeport, actually, with […] [Read More]

Sifers, Wetmore, Gagnon to Springfield/Stars coach

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A triple local press release from Springfield: The Falcons have signed Jaime Sifers, Riley Wetmore and Mathieu Gagnon to AHL contracts. Sifers is the former Fairfield Prep standout from Stratford who went on to UVM and the Toronto organization before going to Germany the past few years. Wetmore and Gagnon both played here and in […] [Read More]

Staple: three BSTs set free

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Today’s the qualifying-offer deadline, and Arthur Staple reports that the Islanders have tendered everybody they have to except Matt Mangene, Joey Diamond and Marc Cantin. They did tender Aaron Ness, Brett Gallant and Kevin Poulin. Market opens tomorrow. It’s also development-camp season — Isles’ roster to come — and along with Alex Vazzano’s trip to […] [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]