The SPHL opened up their season this weekend and there's plenty of news about the tickle-down effect teams are feeling from the ECHL/CHL merger/absorption, as well as Fayetteville FireAntz approach to the season how it could take them to a solid playoff mentality early on. After a year overseas, Nikita Kashirsky is back and taking on quite the new role for a player his age in Wichita. Speaking of things being back, the Pennsylvania Triangle is back in the AHL, while the Pirates are back in Portland. Those things plus some news and notes, as well as We Hardly Knew Ye.
Archive for October 2014
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.