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Enforcers Find A Home With The San Diego Gulls

from Tal Pinchevsky at ESPN,

When the Anaheim Ducks sent Tim Jackman to their American Hockey League affiliate on Nov. 2, it was a difficult assignment for the veteran forward, who had been a healthy scratch much of the season before being placed on waivers. But there were some familiar faces that welcomed the longtime enforcer, who led the Ducks in penalty minutes last season despite being limited to 55 games.

The physical winger felt right at home when he entered the San Diego Gulls' locker room and was greeted by Brian McGrattan, Shane O'Brien and Stu Bickel, three other hard-nosed players who made their bones in the NHL collecting plenty of penalty minutes.

With the role of enforcer being mostly abandoned by the NHL, these players have found a place with the Gulls. And San Diego's fearsome foursome now makes up one of the most intimidating groups in pro hockey.

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Andrew MacDonald, The Highest Paid Player In The AHL

from Jeff Neiburg of the Philadelphia Daily News,

MacDonald - acquired from the New York Islanders in the spring of 2014 and then signed to a highly criticized, six-year, $30 million deal by then-general manager, Paul Holmgren - hasn't been a regular minor leaguer since 2008-09....

"Obviously, it's a bit of an adjustment," MacDonald said after the Phantoms fell, 3-1, to the Toronto Marlies in their third game in three nights. "At this point, I'm settling in here and just trying to help the team win here."

And playing three games in three nights?

"It's been a while," MacDonald said with a laugh.

He might have to get used to it. The Phantoms have eight more of those sets the rest of the season. And the way it looks right now, MacDonald, who entered Wednesday with two assists and a plus-3 rating in five games, isn't coming back to the NHL anytime soon. The Flyers, who gained $950,000 in cap relief when they sent MacDonald down, simply don't have the space to bring him back up.

"Quite frankly, we'd like to get him back up," said general manager Ron Hextall, who was in attendance Sunday. "It's a situation right now that's partly out of our hands and his hands.

"It's certainly not the way you script it. You don't want to have a guy making a ton of money here. That's not the way you plan things. Obviously, sometimes you have to adjust.

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South Carolina Stingrays And Their Goalie On An Impressive Run

from NHL.com,

Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis and the South Carolina Stingrays continued to make history on Friday with a 4-0 win over the Indy Fuel at the North Charleston Coliseum.

The shutout was Jakaitis' fourth in a row, setting a new ECHL record, and it extended his league-record shutout streak to 319:32. Jakaitis, who leads the ECHL this season with six shutouts, has not allowed a goal since 3:01 into the first period of a 5-1 win against Gwinnett on March 6. The 31-year-old now has 22 career shutouts, which is just three behind ECHL all-time leader Marc Magliarditi.

Jakaitis' shutout streak is the second-longest in professional hockey history, trailing only Brian Boucher, who had a streak of 332:01 with the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes in the 2003-04 season. The American Hockey League record was set by Matt Murray of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins earlier this month at 304:11.

South Carolina extended its ECHL record winning streak to 20 games, becoming just the second team in professional hockey history to win at least 20 games in a row, joining the American Hockey League's Norfolk Admirals, who won their final 28 games of the 2011-12 regular season on their way to capturing that year's Calder Cup title.

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Video- President Of The AHL Talks California Division And OT Rules

via Sportsnet,

AHL President Dave Andrews joined Prime Time Sports to discuss the new California Division and its affiliates and also the plan for the NHL to adopt the AHL’s overtime rules.

 

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The New Pacific Division In The AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the league’s Board of Governors has formally and unanimously approved the steps necessary to create a Pacific Division within the AHL beginning with the 2015-16 season. 

The Board has approved the following: 

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Live Stream- AHL Press Conference

from David Pollak of The Mercury News,

The NHL will make it official Thursday afternoon: Five franchises -- including the Sharks -- are moving their top American Hockey League affiliates to California next season.

The 12:30 p.m. PT announcement will be made at the SAP Center -- the rink both the Sharks and their relocated development team will call home. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and AHL president David Andrews will be on hand along with representatives of the Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.

"It really helps us with the most important things that we do, draft and develop players" Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Wednesday.

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Watch the press conference below, it is scheduled to begin at 3:30pm ET...

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The AHL With A Major Announcement Tomorrow

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League will be making a major announcement related to the 2015-16 season on Thursday, January 29, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. 

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Video- Jarred Tinordi Fight With Andray Pedan

Montreal Canadiens prospect Jarred Tinordi was knocked-out cold in an "assumed" staged fight.

 

 

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Moving Closer To Home

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Having Iowa so close is one reason why the Wild has kept its roster at 22 players the past few weeks as opposed to the maximum 23. It saves money and salary-cap space.

It’s an advantage the Anaheim Ducks (Norfolk is their affiliate), Arizona Coyotes (Portland, Maine), Colorado Avalanche (Erie, Pa.), Los Angeles Kings (Manchester, N.H.), San Jose Sharks (Worcester, Mass.) and even the Calgary Flames (Glens Falls, NY), Edmonton Oilers (Oklahoma City) and Vancouver Canucks (Utica, N.Y.) don’t have.

That’s why as early as next season, there could be a titanic transformation in the AHL. The NHL’s chief development league is well on its way toward several relocations of eastern markets to western markets that’ll include some and eventually maybe all of the above teams.

“It’s a work in progress,” said David Andrews, the AHL’s president and CEO who attended Wednesday’s Wild-Montreal Canadiens game. “It has been for about 30 months. I would say the work is getting a little more intense, and I would say it’s eventually going to happen. We’re essentially working on a framework.

“Our relationship with each of the NHL teams is what our league is about, so if that’s what they want for player development, we’re committed to work with them and make it happen.”

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The Frozen Dome Classic In Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (theahl.com) ... The Syracuse Crunch established a new attendance record for an indoor professional hockey game in the United States as 30,715 fans filled the Carrier Dome on the campus of Syracuse University for a regular-season American Hockey League game against the Utica Comets on Saturday night.

The Crunch, top development team of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, defeated the Comets, top affiliate of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, 2-1, in the Toyota Frozen Dome Classic.

The previous all-time record of 28,138 fans was set at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., for a 1996 National Hockey League playoff game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Philadelphia Flyers. Tonight’s turnout also represented the second-largest crowd in the 79-year history of the AHL. 

You get a sense of the sight lines plus the crowd size from a YouTube user supplied video below...

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