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from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
The Cleveland Browns, a football team without a title since 1964, dominate the local landscape. The baseball team (Indians) and the basketball team (Cavaliers) jockey for position close behind.
“We’re trying,” Johnson said. “A lot of people say, ‘Who are the Monsters?’ They look at you like you have four heads: ‘Who are you?’ ”
And yet as long as the National Hockey League continues to lock out its players, Johnson and her band of loyal Cleveland fans will bear witness to the best the game has to offer in North America. The Monsters opened their regular season at home against the Oklahoma City Barons on Friday, hosting a roster dotted with current and future NHL regulars.
And that is not for the first time, either, in Cleveland.
Cleveland has a surprisingly rich history in the game. The city was home to nine Calder Cup champions when the Cleveland Barons dominated the AHL around the time of the Second World War, and it has hosted teams from many major pro leagues, including the NHL.
Yes, the NHL.
“I do get that a lot,” retired NHL forward Dennis Maruk said with a laugh. “When people who are not of my age — they’re a lot younger — they’ve never heard of it: ‘What do you mean Cleveland had an NHL team?’ ”
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
The battle between Don Cherry and the Maple Leafs organization escalated Wednesday.
Marlies coach Dallas Eakins — whom Cherry chided for calling out Nazem Kadri’s eating habits — fired back at the host of CBC Coach’s Corner, first by saying he’s a big fan of Cherry.
But Eakins added he’d never seen Cherry at a Marlies game or practice. Then he took a shot at Cherry’s Twitter account, from which Cherry had lambasted the Leafs on their handling of Kadri.
“He’s a strong-willed guy; I’m sure he believes in everything that he had somebody type for him,” Eakins told TSN Radio at Marlies training camp.
“I invite Don to come on down, You’re more than welcome at any time. You’ve got a lot of fans here. We’d be honoured to have him,” Cherry “I’ve never ever seen him at one of our games and I’ve never ever seen him at a practice and he’s never come in and knocked on my door.”
from Jonas Siegel of TSN,
Marlies training camp began with a thud for Nazem Kadri.
Among the most hyped Leaf prospects, but still short on serious production, Kadri kicked off his third season in the American Hockey League with underwhelming results, notably a lacking physical fitness.
"His body fat today is probably in the bottom three to five guys in our whole camp and that's unacceptable," said Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins. "That's the easiest part of coming into camp is eating correctly and training correctly.
"There's just no coming off if you're an athlete," Eakins continued. "It's no different than the normal person. You make your choice. You can either go sit on the couch, put your feet up and have a bag of potato chips or you can go on the couch and put your feet up and grab some carrots and some apples."
from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Hamilton Spectator,
Leo Komarov will be one of the new kids in town around the American Hockey League this season and it shouldn’t take him too long to get noticed.
The new Toronto Marlies forward has selected sweater No. 87 — a bold move given that Sidney Crosby was the only player in either the AHL or NHL to wear it last season. An agitator on the ice, Komarov is bound to hear about his number from opponents.
“I don’t really care,” he said Thursday after the Marlies opened training camp. “It’s my choice and it’s my number. I wouldn’t take 99, but it doesn’t really matter if you’ve got 87 or 10 or something like that. It’s like whatever, dude.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
At this point, Wade Redden has pretty much seen it all.
Redden is locked out just like 700-odd other NHLers and facing nary a paycheck until the labor impasse is resolved.
Except that, well, Redden hasn’t played in the NHL in 2½ years.
Talk about adding insult to injury. If it didn't hurt his pride enough to be turfed in the AHL for two seasons, his contract too heavy for the New York Rangers to move, now he’s been dragged into a lockout involving a league he hasn’t sniffed since his last NHL game in April 2010.
Not sure there’s a more unique story in this lockout at this point.
"It is a pretty rare case, I guess," Redden told ESPN.com Thursday from Kelowna, B.C., his offseason home. "My mindset now is that hopefully it’s written into the new CBA where stuff like that won’t happen or make it harder to happen so you get a guy like out of that situation."
via the OHL,
The Ontario Hockey League, (OHL), has levied fines totaling $400,000.00 against the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club and taken away three 1st round draft selections and two 2nd round draft selections from the Spitfires.
“In 2009 the Board of Governors of the Ontario Hockey League developed the OHL ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM which is designed to address and attempt to eliminate violations of the RULES and impose appropriate penalties if violations occur. The enforcement process is an integral part of the process to ensure integrity and fair play among the MEMBER TEAMS. One of the fundamental principles of the enforcement process is to ensure that those MEMBER TEAMS that are abiding by the rules are not disadvantaged by their commitment to compliance”, stated OHL Commissioner David Branch.
from of the Democrat and Chronicle,
The NHL parent teams don’t want to sign more depth players for their AHL teams because, if there is a lockout, they need roster spots for their young players.
Negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement are expected to be contentious and potentially could drag past the scheduled Oct. 11 start of the regular season.
“Everyone’s kind of in a holding pattern with the CBA,” said Kevin Devine, director of amateur scouting for the Sabres and the Amerks’ de facto general manager. “Teams are holding spots for their younger players if it comes to that (a lockout).”
That’s a pretty clear indication that the entire NHL fears, or at least is prepared for, the worst.
In 2004-05, players on entry-level contracts were assigned by NHL teams to their respective AHL affiliates. The talent level in the AHL had never been higher, with budding stars like Eric Staal, Jason Spezza, Dan Hamhuis, Mike Cammellari, Dustin Brown, Patrick Sharp, Niklas Kronwall and Ryan Kesler coming back down to the AHL.
SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President General Manager Doug Wilson and Vice President and Assistant General Manager Wayne Thomas announced today that the Sharks have signed an affiliation agreement with the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL for the 2012-13 season. The Worcester Sharks continue to serve as San Jose’s American Hockey League affiliate.
“We are very excited to add the San Francisco Bulls as our ECHL development affiliate,” said Thomas. “Our organizations share the same passion to put a strong, competitive product on the ice, as well as being an active member in our shared Bay Area communities.”
The 2012-13 season will be the inaugural campaign for the Bulls, who will play their home games at the historic Cow Palace, where the Sharks played their first two NHL seasons prior to moving into HP Pavilion at San Jose (then San Jose Arena) in 1993.
But the only goal of the game, in OT, was filled with controversy…
Rule 83.4 of the AHL rule book, “If the puck is shot on goal during a delayed off-side, the play shall be allowed to continue under the normal clearing-the-zone rules. Should the puck, as a result of this shot, enter the defending team’s goal during a delayed off-side, either directly or off the goalkeeper, a player or an official on the ice, the goal shall be disallowed as the original shot was off-side. The fact that the attacking team may have cleared the zone prior to the puck entering the goal has no bearing on this ruling.”
added 10:38am, The AHL released a statement regarding the goal which you can read below…
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League has announced that CBS Sports Network will televise Games 3 through 7 of the 2012 Calder Cup Finals, bringing the AHL’s championship series to millions of homes across the United States in high definition.
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