After an unplanned week hiatus, we're back and crown our first minor league hockey champion, that being in the SPHL; as well as hearing some outsider's views on how the SPHL can get better and what they need to do in order to get some respect. The AHL is looking to shake up their league and possibly the entire minor league hockey landscape, while Jake Allen is trying to shake up the St. Louis Blues depth chart. We'll talk about ECHL players still in school, AHL coaches trying to help transition players to the pro level, the CHL playoffs, and of course-- We Hardly Knew Ye.
Despite having some great weeks, the SPHL is rumored to be going through a rough patch as minor league Silly Season begins. We'll tell you who could be out next season, but to counter that-- we'll discuss the success of the Huntsville Havoc and how they've been able to maintain great success in the SPHL. Speaking of success, we'll tell you about how Robert Esche has made Utica a viable market in the AHL, as well as talk about the success of Worcester Sharks coach Roy Sommer. We have more tales of amateur try-outs in minor league hockey, some playoff news and notes, We Hardly Knew Ye, and the Games of the Week.
The Calgary Flames could be looking at a new AHL home and we'll tell you which placed their assistant GM scouted out and what it could mean for Abbotsford. The Toronto Star gives a lot of dap to the Brampton Beast and chronicles their travels in the Central League. The Lehigh Valley is ready for the Phantoms and we'll give detail in the new arena in Allentown. The SPHL is starting up their playoffs this week, the CHL had their Best-of-the-Best poll come out, a equipment manager hits 1,000 games, free agent college players are finding their home, and the trickle-down theory hits Alaska. All that, plus We Hardly Knew Ye and the Games of the Week.
Coaching styles are at the forefront for this week's Farm Report, as we take look at the contrasting styles of Derek King of the Toronto Marlies and Dan Watson of the Toledo Walleye. We'll looking into the affiliation issues with the Ottawa Senators and Binghamton and whether or not St. John's could swoop in with a better deal. We've got teams putting fans under ice, Shannon Szabados' debut, We Hardly Knew Ye, and the Games of the Week.