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If you’re looking for an update on Aunt Bessie’s cow, or information on last summer’s harvest, look on.
If, however, you’re looking for news and information on the top minor league affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division clubs, you’re in the right place.
In years past, I would run News from Norfolk as a regular feature on Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate and now, News from the Farm will feature the Charlotte Checkers, Chicago Wolves, Hershey Bears and Rochester Americans along with the Admirals, to follow the progress of the Southeast’s future stars at the AHL level (and, at least for now, Michael Nylander and Sheldon Souray too).
We’ll look at game results, standings, league and team-leading scorers and goaltenders, pick a player of the week, have a glance at the schedule ahead and keep you abreast of any other developments for these players and their clubs.
Thursday seemed as good a day as any for this weekly feature, so that’s where it will be slotted in to start (and this week, as the first installment, there’s plenty of AHL action to catch up on).
Without further delay, News from the Farm:
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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
He believes he still has the game to be an NHL goalie. But since the Hawks are still on the hook for another year next season at $5.625 million, he’s likely stuck in Europe until the team buys him out.
“I don’t know what Chicago’s intentions are for next year,” said Huet, who went 26-14-8 with a 2.50 GAA last season in Chicago. “I’ll probably be in the same situation with my salary and not playing in the NHL. It’s really not up to me, but we’ll see what happens next year.”
For now, he’s making the best of being back in Switzerland, where he tended goal for four seasons before heading to Los Angeles in 2002. While he’s a native of France, Huet married a Swiss woman, so the move made sense on the personal side of things. He also obtained his Swiss passport earlier this week.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Owen Nolan has not given up on playing in the NHL.
The 38-year-old winger is slated to be on a plane headed to Switzerland on Thursday night. He’s joining Zurich of the Swiss League in what he hopes is the first step in bringing him back to the NHL this season.
“I’m still eager to play,” Nolan told ESPN.com Wednesday night. “I feel like I still have something in the tank and can help a team.”
The plan is for him to play for Zurich for a month and “show that I can still play,” Nolan said.
from the Leader-Post,
Everett Silvertips head coach Craig Hartsburg is to undergo heart surgery after being diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm.
A heart catheterization is to be performed Wednesday, with surgery to follow in the weeks to come. He is expected to be sidelined through the first half of the WHL season.
“The most important thing at this time is for Craig to get healthy,’’ Silvertips vice-president and general manager Doug Soetaert said in a prepared statement. “We’re all in full support of the Hartsburg family and look forward to Craig’s full recovery.’‘
The Big Chill at the Big House has sold 105,585 tickets for game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
The game is on December 11th at 3:00pm.
Alexander Radulov of Salavat Yulaev entered the record books recently by scoring the fastest goal in Russian hockey history. Radulov scored six seconds into a match against Yugra, after intercepting a pass and doing a nice spin-o-rama move on goaltender Mikhail Biryukov. Radulov beat the twelve year record of seven seconds, set by Andrei Pychelyakov of Severstal in 1998 and later tied by former NHLer Dmitry Yushkevich of Magnitogorsk in 2003. However, Radulov’s goal is not the fastest goal ever recorded in a professional hockey game as that distinction is held by four players who were able to find the back of the net one second faster than Radulov. They are NHLer’s Doug Smail (1981), Bryan Trottier (1984) and fellow Russian Alexander Mogilny (1991), as well as Slovak 2nd division player; Frantisek Zubek of Presov.
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Follow up of the preseason game between the Colorado Eagles and the Odessa Jackelopes.
From the Colorado Eagles home page:
Colorado forward Brad MacMillan has been suspended 22 games for his match penalty for attempting to injure a player.
Colorado defenseman George Bradley has been suspended five (5) games for his actions during an altercation and has been fined an undisclosed amount of money for the same infraction.
Colorado defenseman Mario Joly has been suspended four (4) games for leaving the players bench.
from HockeyWeb.de (translated),
The Iserlohn Roosters of the German Hockey League (DEL) have taken a new goalkeeper for the rest of the season under contract. From the NHL club Carolina Hurricanes replaced the 37-year-old Canadian Emmanuel “Manny” Legace at the Iserlohn Seilersee.
Legace is the crew of the Sauerland give more security. “We have tried very hard in recent days about how to promote Manny’s and are very happy that he has chosen for us,” said manager Karsten Mende.
continued and thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
NEW YORK (October 13, 2010) – The NHL Network U.S. will put the developing talents of many of the game’s top young players on display this season when it broadcasts 10 American Hockey League games in partnership with the AHL.
Beginning on Oct. 17, when the Toronto Marlies play host to the Binghamton Senators, the NHL Network will broadcast 10 Sunday afternoon games.
Just preseason, right? Whether it was retaliation for a dirty hit, or someone said something about the coach’s mom, it got ugly in an exhibition game between the Colorado Eagles and the Odessa Jackelopes.
The first two periods seemed like a typical minor league hockey game. A few fights, some goals…
Then the third period happened. 14 fighting majors handed out in the first 1:39, then the big one at 9:26 which resulted in Odessa captain Dave Van Drunen getting sucker punched by Brad MacMillen. The punch resulted in Van Drunen needing 5 plates and 18 screws to repair the damage.
MacMillen received 2 for instigating, 5 for fighting, 10 minutes and a game for instigating and another 10 for intent to injure.
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