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Thirteen Years Gone: Hartford postgame

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So the last day. Poulin’s spectacular, hecklers be damned (we’ll take the sober ones over the drunk ones; that’s a rant for another day). One deflection by a guy untouched at the top of the crease. They can’t find a way to beat Dov Grumet-Morris, equally stellar, who robs Sundstrom on a power-play glove save […] [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]

Less-than-magic numbers: Late Wednesday notes

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Stockton added Mathieu Gagnon and Andrey Pedan to their roster, leaving one spot open for everybody else. Adirondack beat Syracuse in a shootout, relegating Bridgeport to last place in the Northeast Division. (Adam Erne of North Branford scored his first pro goal for the Crunch.) Portland lost in a shootout to Albany (clinching a Devils […] [Read More]

Call For Votes: Fake Team Awards 2014

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(Should really have posted this over the weekend. Including newbie Ryan Pulock, who’s in town, you guys have 65 candidates to sort through. And counting.) It’s time once again to vote for our Fake Team Awards. You guys pick the winners of two fake trophies: Fan Favorite (choose your own criteria, ’cause he’s your favorite) […] [Read More]

Where are they now: Springfield pregame

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As the Big Club wraps things up today: Opening-day Sound Tigers, where they are now: NYI: 10 BST: 7 STK: 4 Traded: 3 Sweden: 1 Players on NHL contracts on each roster now:: NYI: 30 BST: 8 STK: 3 (Junior: 2/Sweden: 2) Players on NYI/BST full-season NHL/AHL contracts: BST: 10 STK: 11 So here we […] [Read More]

Round 2: Late Thursday notes

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Brett Gallant vs. George Parros tonight. Did a heck of a job. I feel like I could’ve written twice what I wrote on Gallant’s NHL debut (Friday’s paper, would you?). Space allowed what it allowed, so some stuff hit the floor, but one bit I had to share. Brett’s dad was awesome to chat with […] [Read More]

Who are these guys: Hershey pregame

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Matt Watkins, one of the first guys out for warmup for Hershey, was the captain of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the end of last season. He played with only three guys dressed for Bridgeport tonight. Steve Oleksy only played with three, too, but that’s only because of Chris Langkow, who obviously left and came […] [Read More]

Philosophy, chemistry, mathematical elimination: Springfield postgame

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Addenda to the Spring Fun 102 workbook: Preschool: Count to 60. Fifth grade math: 144:57+58:18=? Ninth grade math: Using CapGeek contract data, an AHL minimum salary of $41,500 ($32,500 for PTOs), this year’s AHL per diem of $67 and a 209-day AHL regular season, estimate what today’s lineup cost. Tenth grade history: Discuss the causes […] [Read More]

Playoffs somewhere: Monday notes

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Bridgeport treated today’s practice a little like a morning skate, Scott Pellerin said, complete with the forwards all wearing orange rather than different colors for different lines. That’s OK. A slew of Sound Tigers weren’t there anymore. Stockton should be loaded up next month. Bridgeport sent Matt Mangene, Jeremy Langlois and Riley Wetmore to the […] [Read More]

Novelty: Hartford postgame

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Today’s Bridgeport lineup, by where they were on Feb. 1: F: UNO-Bakersfield-Evansville Stockton-Yale-Injured Adirondack-Bridgeport-Bridgeport Bridgeport-Bridgeport-Bridgeport D: Injured-RPI Bridgeport-Bridgeport Injured-Ontario G: Islanders Bridgeport Wouldn’t have thought of this if not for what I’d watched the past two days, but I think I saw a couple of Bridgeport’s college guys avoid playing a defensive-zone hand pass in […] [Read More]