AHL president David Andrews said the league anticipates no franchise moves for next season and approved the same division alignment for next season. The league has to negotiate new contracts with the Professional Hockey Players Association on a new collective bargaining agreement and with the NHL on a new deal to develop officials. Patrick Williams summarized the morning presser so we didn’t have to.
The Hall of Fame induction was, as always, the highlight. If John Anderson’s speech goes up, watch it. Got a story on him in tomorrow’s paper. Not included: He said he ran into Rick DiPietro not long after the 2002 Final; Ricky, who’d played for him in Chicago the year before, shouted to get his attention. “He goes, ‘hey, once you cut the cancer loose, now you won!'” Anderson said. “He was such a great kid, just an awesome person. I really enjoyed him.”
(Don Cherry: not here, sadly. Prior commitment. Brent Thompson got a shoutout in Brad Smyth’s speech.)
The All-Star Classic is tonight; the Atlantic plays Games 1, 4 and 6. Stupid and perhaps recycled jokes on Twitter.