Posts Tagged ‘American Hockey League’

No surprises. Competition for D spots just shot up as 10 guys are vying for 7 spots. Competition for the 4th center spot is keen between Holland and Rakell. Giving Winnick a long look at center also represents a practical option.The moves also leave 3 goalies and 19 forwards in camp.

For Peter Holland not to make the team entering the final year of his EL earns him a late bloomer tag at best. Look for the former 15th overall draft pick to be a throw in on a trade or the main piece in a salary dump acquisition, if he doesn’t make the team out of camp.

Via Twitter:

  1. Ducks also released D Garnet Exelby from PTO and assigned him to Norfolk. Camp down to 32.

  2. Ducks make official moves of Frederik Andersen to AHL Norfolk and Shea Theodore to WHL Seattle.

 

No big surprises but it’s notable Kyle Cumiskey was assigned to Norfolk rather than be allowed to sign with a European team. Obviously they want him available for a call up. He is a puck moving Dman with some offensive upside.

I would have thought there’d be more cuts this close to the season. It would appear the coaching staff wants to run some full scrimmages.

Apologies for not being on top of this when it was announced yesterday. It’s a really busy work week.

Via AnaheimDucks.com:

The Ducks announced today that the club has made the following roster moves:

Assigned to Norfolk (AHL):
Mat Clark
 – Defenseman
Joseph Cramarossa
 – Center/Left Wing
Kyle Cumiskey
 – Defenseman
John Gibson
 – Goaltender
Alex Grant
 – Defenseman
Stefan Noesen
 – Right Wing

Anaheim now has 35 players remaining on its 2013 Training Camp Roster – 19 forwards, 12 defensemen and four goaltenders.

In other news, Ducks signed 2013 1st round draft pick Shea Theodore to a 3-year entry level contract. IIRC Theodore has another junior eligibility and will be returned to the Seattle Thunderbirds following camp. He could stay for 10 games without forfeiting his junior eligibility.

Good for our Ducks and tough for the Admirals. How would you like to be Admirals Trent Yawney in the middle of stretch for a playoff seed and lose two of your top six D-men on a call-up. See that piano on Pete Holland’s back who was sent to Norfolk earlier? Ads need him to produce.

The call-ups mean that either of Nick Bonino or Cam Fowler will be ready for Wednesday. Bones is skating with the team again. No word on Cam at this time.

Coach will have to decide if he goes with the young Vatanen who can certainly lug the puck up ice or the seasoned Hendry. If both go, you can bet that there’s an undisclosed injury on the back line. Very unusual that anybody needs additional rest after 4 days off.

David Shoalts of Canada’s newspaper of record, The Globe and Mail is reporting AHL affiliates for the New Jersey Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets have told their NHL players to arrange for permanent housing.
Worthwhile to note that the Devils and Blue Jackets are among the NHL’s financially challenged members. If this were Ed Snider owner of the Flyers or Terry Pegula owner of the Sabres it might just so much smoke. In this instant planning for a long strike is coming from among the NHL’s financially challenged members, the Devils and Blue Jackets respectively.

Fact is, nobody knows when the lockout will end.

At the outset of the lockout this blog considered if the NHL/NHLPA is really so stupid as to risk its premiere in-season marketing event, the outdoor games on New Year’s Day. The answer would appear to be yes, they really are that stupid.

If Bob Murray is looking to reestablish the Big Bad Ducks affiliating with the Fort Wayne Komets is a good place to start. Ever since Ernie Berg entered the Komets in the old ‘I’ back in 1952-53, the team has reflected the tough as nails blue-collar nature of the city.
Now entering their 61st season and first in the ECHL, these Komets have strong ties with Anaheim. Coach Boudreau played there and former Ast. Coach Al Sims is the current head coach.