Opening weekend in the AHL is done and the overtime format is getting some positive reviews, though there's always one bad apple in the bunch who hates change. We'll get into that, as well as the opening weekend in the ECHL, where the old guard of the CHL are the new kids and town-- and what it could mean for their business operations as well as operations on ice. The Fort Wayne Komets are getting adjusted to their NHL/AHL affiliates, but it comes at the cost of Angelo Esposito...apparently. We'll get into all of that, other news and notes, and of course-- We Hardly Knew Ye.
So....uh...did anything happen in minor league hockey this week?? Oh, right-- EVERYTHING BLEW UP!! Scotty Wazz talks about the ECHL absorption of the CHL and what it means for the schedule, the teams, the fans, the players; everyone and anyone who could be affected. In addition, the AHL announced where their All-Star Game will be, while the St. John's IceCaps have a possible issue in net. If that's not getting you hyped, free agent camps for the SPHL are going on and people are coming from far and wide to attend. Oh, and We Hardly Knew Ye wasn't forgotten in all of this madness, believe that.
With minor league camps opening up, the questions will begin. We'll discuss how Syracuse is approaching their exhibition tournament in France, while Norfolk takes a different approach and mix closer to home. The goaltending in St. John's is going to be frantic, especially with a new move from their parent club in Winnipeg. The turnover in the ECHL leaves Fort Wayne and Alaska looking for new guys to step up and hopefully not falter, while the Stockton Thunder are looking for new ownership to step up. All that, plus some news and notes, as well as We Hardly Knew Ye.
This is the show of the never-ending rumors,as many hot button issues bleed into the upcoming season. The ECHL/CHL rumor news gets a new twist to it, the AHL West rumors get some heat, while the St. John's IceCaps leaving gets some help from the money they need to actually stay afloat. Luckily, there's some good news with some long-term affiliation news, a couple of retirements, and a story of how being in a city you can enjoy could keep you there and become a professional after the playing days are over. All that and We Hardly Knew Ye in a rather pun-filled edition of the Farm Report