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Kadri Not In The Best Shape

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."


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Another #87

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.”


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Redden Can’t Play

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." 


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Windsor Spitfires Fined $400K Plus Loss Of Draft Choices

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.

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Why Some Of The AHL Depth Players Remain Unsigned

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.


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Hockey’s Back At The Cow Palace

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.

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Norfolk Takes 3-0 Series Lead Against Toronto In The Calder Cup Final

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…

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  Tags: norfolk+admirals, toronto+marlies

Watch The Remainder Of The Calder Cup Finals

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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Minor League Talk For Phoenix

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Anthony LeBlanc and his group of businessmen once known as Ice Edge Holdings are back in the Phoenix hockey picture.

Only this time it is not to make an ownership bid on the financially moribund Phoenix Coyotes but to manage Jobing.com Arena in suburban Glendale and try to bring in a minor-league hockey team if the Coyotes move to another city this summer.

On Mar. 1, LeBlanc sent an e-mail message to Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, city attorney Craig Tindall and each member of city council. It was prompted by Scruggs’ public musings the city needs a “Plan B” if the Coyotes leave.


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Detroit Red Wings, Grand Rapids Griffins Extend Their Affiliation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins and Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday announced a five-year extension of their affiliation agreement, ensuring that the relationship between Michigan’s premier hockey teams will continue through at least the 2016-17 season.

The 10-year-old affiliation, currently in its final season of a second five-year deal, has helped produce a Stanley Cup and an AHL regular season championship, along with multiple division titles for both teams.

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