Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Every team in the CHL (Q, O, W) gets up to two picks at the import draft. Teams can carry up to two European players on their roster, so assuming Makarov makes the team, either Oskar Orrpars or Michal Hlinka (not this Michal Hlinka) will be gone.
People who know are saying that Makarov is going to be the goalie for the 2011-12 run year, after backing up and learning the ropes from Champion this year.
--Thanks to DJ Abisalih for contributing to this report--
The Columbus Blue Jackets have named Kevin Collins as strength and conditioning coach, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.
Collins, 28, joins the Blue Jackets after spending the previous five seasons with the Buffalo Sabres organization as strength and conditioning/video coach. He spent the past two seasons with the Portland Pirates (2008-10) and the previous three with the Rochester Americans (2005-08), the Sabres’ American Hockey League affiliates. He started his career as an intern for Sabres Strength and Conditioning Coach Doug McKenney in 2004-05.
"Accepting the position as the Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets presents an excellent opportunity for Kevin to concentrate on his passion, which is to work with elite athletes at the highest level," said Pirates Head Coach Kevin Dineen. "Although difficult to see him move on, I am extremely excited for him and wish him the best of success."
The Detroit, Michigan native, Collins played four years of collegiate hockey at SUNY Brockport, where he graduated with degrees in Exercise Physiology and Business Management. He is certified through National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
MICHAEL CHAPUT BIO
SAM CARRIER BIO
Unfortunately none of the other players with Maine ties drafted today.
Here is a list of possible Portland Pirates players drafted by Buffalo over the last 2 days. Click on player for stats and bios.
Rnd Overall Player Pos Country Ht Wt Amateur League Amateur Team
1 23 MARK PYSYK D CA 6' 1" 174 WHL EDMONTON
3 68 JEROME GAUTHIER-LEDUC D CA 6' 1" 176 QMJHL ROUYN-NORANDA
3 75 KEVIN SUNDHER C CA 6' 0" 192 WHL CHILLIWACK
3 83 MATT MACKENZIE D CA 6' 1" 191 WHL CALGARY
4 98 STEVEN SHIPLEY C CA 6' 2" 205 OHL OWEN SOUND
5 143 GREGG SUTCH RW CA 6' 2" 193 OHL MISSISSAUGA
6 173 CEDRICK HENLEY LW CA 6' 5" 195 QMJHL VAL D'OR
7 203 CHRISTIAN ISACKSON RW US 6' 0" 174 HIGH-MN ST. THOMAS
7 208 RILEY BOYCHUK LW CA 6' 4" 210 WHL PORTLAND
Scarborough native Jacob Rutt, who played for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs last season and is headed to the University of Maine in the fall, joins us to talk about being an NHL Draft prospect, the possibility of being drafted.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The man who seemed to be responsible for about 80% of the goals allowed by the Boston Bruins last season is on his way south.
Dennis Wideman, the 15th overall pick this year, and a 3rd rounder next year head to Florida for forwards Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell (son of noted Bruins fan Colin Campbell). I hope everyone sends Panthers GM Dale Tallon thank-you cards, photos of the family at Christmas, and birthday cards from here on in.
Wideman, who had a plus/minus comparable to the debt in Greece (alright, it was -14), had a salary of 4 million bucks, leaves town and a guy who scored 20 goals on a crap team comes to Boston? Good first move by the Boston Bruins in a week that could determine the fate of this franchise for years.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
All 30 National Hockey League teams will have their own primary affiliate playing in the AHL next fall. The league’s Board of Governors has approved the following division alignment for 2010-11 (NHL affiliates in parentheses):
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI)
Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR)
Manchester Monarchs (LA)
Portland Pirates (BUF)
Providence Bruins (BOS)
Springfield Falcons (CBJ)
Worcester Sharks (SJ)
Adirondack Phantoms (PHI)
Albany Devils (NJ)
Binghamton Senators (OTT)
Charlotte Checkers (CAR)
Hershey Bears (WSH)
Norfolk Admirals (TB)
Syracuse Crunch (ANA)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)
Abbotsford Heat (CGY)
Grand Rapids Griffins (DET)
Hamilton Bulldogs (MTL)
Lake Erie Monsters (COL)
Manitoba Moose (VAN)
Rochester Americans (FLA)
Toronto Marlies (TOR)
Chicago Wolves (ATL)
Houston Aeros (MIN)
Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)
Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)
Peoria Rivermen (STL)
Rockford IceHogs (CHI)
San Antonio Rampage (PHX)
Texas Stars (DAL)
The format for the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs will be determined by the Board of Governors at its Annual Meeting in Hilton Head Island, S.C., July 5-8. The complete playing schedule for the 2010-11 regular season, which begins Oct. 8, will be announced later this summer.
In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 85 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the ninth year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2009-10.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
A total of 79 Hockey East student-athletes were named to the 2009-2010 All-Academic Team. Each of the student-athletes honored achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in each of the two academic periods during which he was actively competing.
UMass led the league with 14 student-athletes honored followed by Maine who had 12. UMass Lowell, Merrimack and Providence College each had nine student-athletes honored followed by New Hampshire and Northeastern who each had eight. Boston College (5), Vermont (4) and Boston University (1) rounded out the honorees.
Kevin Swallow achieved a 3.83 GPA in his final year, earning a spot on the Hockey East Academic All-Star team for the first time in his career. Swallow, a transfer from Dartmouth College, was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team for the second time in his career.
Senior Brett Carriere (Ottawa, Ontario) along with juniors Jeff Dimmen (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Tanner House (Cochrane, Alberta) and Josh Van Dyk (Woodstock, Ontario) were all named to the All-Academic Team for the third time in their careers.
Spencer Abbott (Hamilton, Ontario), Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden), Will O'Neill (Salem, Mass.) and Swallow were all honored for the second time in their careers.
Theo Andersson (Gothenburg, Sweden), Mike Cornell (Franklin, Mass.) Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Mark Nemec (Rouses Point, N.Y.) were all honored for the first time in their careers.
Nyquist, the lone unanimous selection to the Hockey East First Team this past season, was the only member of the First Team named to the All-Academic Team.
The puck drops on the 2010-2011 regular season on Friday, October 8 when Maine hosts UMass Lowell at 7 PM at Alfond Arena.
COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
Monday, June 14, 2010
According to several German websites, Kyle Wanvig, Portland Pirates Right Winger, has signed a contract with the Augsburg Panthers of the German Ice Hockey League.
The 29 year old Wanvig signed on with the Pirates midway through the season and finished with 13 goals and 25 assists for 38 points.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Basically at this point, it looks like Kevin Dineen will be headed back to Portland barring any shocking news. He doesn't seem to be interested in the Atlanta job, and nothing else is currently open. I would expect he would be on all short lists for head coaching openings that might come up, so I am sure his time is coming. It is curious to find out why he finished behind Boucher in 2 different openings, and in Columbus, where many felt he was the favorite to land the job, he apparently finished 4th behind Boucher, Scott Arniel, and Claude Noel. Very interesting, to say the least.
I know SI.com mentioned last week that off-ice issues might be costing him, but Rick Tocchet is a convicted felony gambler and Craig MacTavish killed someone, so I find that to be a convenient excuse.
Monday, June 7, 2010
According to RDS(French, just put it in the anslator) and the Columbus Times-Dispatch, Guy Boucher has turned down the Columbus Blue Jackets job. From RDS Translated:
According to reports the Columbus Dispatch, Guy Boucher refused the offer of the Columbus Blue Jackets to be their head coach.
The CEO of the Columbus Blue Jackets Scott Howson had formally offered the position of head coach of the team last Saturday.
Boucher has not reached the stage of negotiations with the Blue Jackets from the information gathered by the Columbus Dispatch.
Update: According to tweets from Mike Commodore and from Aaron Portzline, Scott Arniel is going to be the new head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. I guess it's time to start paying attention to Tampa Bay for Kevin Dineen?
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Round 1, Pick 1- Dillon Fournier, D, Lac St-Louis
Round 2, Pick 21- Christophe Lalonde, W, Saint-Eustache
Round 3, Pick 48- Brayden Wood, D, Rothsay Netherwood
Round 5, Pick 73- Antoine Bibeau, G, Trois-Rivières
Round 6, Pick 108- Jay Kourkoulis, D, Lac St-Louis
Round 8, Pick 129- Chrostopher Caissey, W, Campbellton
Round 9, Pick 149- Maxime Godin, D, Miramichi
Round 9, Pick 147 - Conner Anthoine, W, GM Blades
Round 11, Pick 183- Sotiris Athanasopoulos, W, Lac St-Louis
Round 12, Pick 199- Cole McDonald, W, Miramichi
Lewiston also picked up goalie Nicholas Champion from Rouyn-Noranda.
There was also a free agent signing - Jonah Coonishish-Coon, a 17-year old, 6'4", 220 lber from Misstisinni, QC.
A productive day for the franchise, and possibly a day folks can look back and say the corner was turned.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, Howson has chosen Boucher to replace interim head coach Claude Noel. Although no contract offer has been made, Boucher has interviewed twice, once last month at the Combine and this past week in Columbus. Boucher is currently deciding whether to take the job.
At 38 years old Boucher, who coached in the QMJHL with Drumondville before his season in the AHL, is known for his unique style of hockey, a 1-3-1 system that many consider outside the box.
Where does this leave Kevin Dineen? After Doug MacLean said last week the Blue Jackets would be "stupid" to not hire him, Dineen might be headed to Tampa Bay. Dineen met with Columbus on 2 separate occasions last month, and it is unknown whether he has interviewed with Steve Yzerman as of yet. He was at a rally for the Hartford Whalers late last week, so we know he has been traveling.
Roger Shannon Joined Jeff Schools, Matty Boutwell, Sun Journal’s Justin Pellitier and DJ Abisalih to chat about the Lewiston MAINEiacs pending overall #1 draft pick in the QMJHL Draft Saturday!
Friday, June 4, 2010
The Lewiston Maineiacs, who seem to be looking at making a run in the QMJHL this season, have officially gotten the process started with a whole lot of trades, one of which snagged them All-Star goaltender Olivier Roy.
Here's a complete list of everything done so far, as provided by the impeccable DJ Abisalih:
Lewiston trades the 36th pick and 39th pick this year, plus a 2nd round pick next year to Cape Breton for Olivier Roy and the 50th pick this year.
Lewiston trades the 75th pick this year to Chicoutimi for the 80th pick this year.
Lewiston trades the 73rd pick this year to Saint John for the 81st pick this year.
Lewiston trades Jean-Francois Plante to Shawinigan for Antoine Houde-Caron and the 63rd pick this year.
Lewiston trades the 63rd pick this year to Montreal for a 3rd round pick next year.
Lewiston trades Billy Lacasse to Chicoutimi for the 48th pick this year and a 5th round pick next year.
Lewiston trades the 50th pick and 81st pick this year to Acadie-Bathurst for Olivier Dame-Malka, the 60th pick and 149th pick this year.