Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Around the League: Affiliation Confusion and Other Summer News

(Credit: Ron Byrd)

It's been a busy day for hockey. Here we go on the catch-up from the last week:
  • With the Thrashers going to Winnipeg, the Manitoba Moose are probably moving out of the 'Peg. No one knows where yet, but rumors indicate former AHL city St. John's is in the running. Additionally, the Wolves are likely out as the AHL affiliate for the "Thrashers", since the Moose are owned by True North Sports. Meanwhile, Rochester is going with Buffalo. Syracuse is upset with Anaheim and getting interest from Tampa Bay. Portland and Florida are both out in the cold right now as well. Confused? It's OK, because so is everyone else.

  • There's not much news on the Dallas Stars head coach search, but ESPN Dallas has been covering each of the candidates in detail. Last week, Mark wrote up a little something about Texas Stars Coach Glen Gulutzan, including a great quote from Scott White. [ESPN Dallas]

  • The National Post in Canada gives both Austin and Houston credit for beating the Hamilton Bulldogs in attendance these past two years in the Western Conference Finals. Texas is #4 in playoff attendance for 2010-11. Houston is the only team that could catch Texas at this point, making them at worst #5. Take that, non-traditional market haters! [National Post]

  • Speaking of the playoffs, Houston and Binghamton start things up again tomorrow night in New York. Tied at one, the series will play the traditional three games in Bingo before shifting back to Houston if necessary on June 7th. [TheAHL.com]

  • One of our favorite blogs, The Third Intermission, actually got a chance to hop the charter to Bingo with the Aeros and is providing live coverage from NY. [The Third Intermission]

  • In case you missed it, Texas Stars head athletic trainer DJ Amadio and forward Greg Rallo are hosting an 8-week long dry land training session at the CPC this summer. Most players disappear to their hometown after the season is over, so I would put it in the category of "Good News" that Rallo is sticking in Austin through the summer. Especially good news when you consider that he is a free agent this summer. [Texas Stars Hockey]

  • Matt Fraser, who is expected to be with Texas next season, finished the Memorial Cup tied for the lead in goals at four and second in points at six. Fraser's Kootenay Ice were eliminated by the host club Mississauga St. Michaels Majors on Saturday night. [Memorial Cup]

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