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  1. The Canucks say they'll be "bringing to life" their AHL affiliate on July 9th. The pic used has a green background, So I think it's likely to be the cornerstone color of the identity. I don't really have a reason for it, but I keep thinking they might go the Abbotsford Canucks route and give Johnny some love. Source: Facebook
  2. The Board approved the purchase of the IceHogs. AHL Board approves Blackhawks’ purchase of IceHogs franchise | TheAHL.com | The American Hockey League
  3. I thought I remembered him mentioning it in an interview years ago. Something to the effect of loving hockey, but his favorite sport to play growing up being lacrosse. He just excelled more at hockey, and there were ways to keep playing hockey that just weren't there for lax. Maybe I'm misremembering that. Trying to search for it just now turned up stories about his new ownership stint.
  4. So, Wayne Gretzky and Steve Nash are part owners of the Vegas expansion team. I have zero idea of what to do with that info, but I found it interesting. New NLL franchise in Vegas has Gretzky, Nash involved as part owners | Toronto Sun
  5. Awfully bold of you to assume they wouldn't have Leaf-ed their way to a loss. I was pulling for them, but they managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They could have just as easily done it against the Jets.
  6. While discussing the Seattle expansion draft, my girlfriend (a Coyotes fan) and I (Preds) were looking back at the 2017 one, and she mentioned that she could only remember like three or four of the guys her team had protected. When looking it up, I was shocked to find out that Arizona still only had 2 of the players they'd protected, since Nashville still had 8 of our 9. Arizona's seemed outrageously low, but I wondered how both of our teams stacked up against the rest of the league. While not a direct barometer for success, I still found it interesting. It turns out that my view was skewed, as Nashville still has more of their protected players than any other team, with 8 (despite having only protected 9). Here's the breakdown: 8 Players: Predators (protected 9): Arvidsson, Forsberg, Jarnkrok, Johansen, Ekholm, Ellis, Josi, Rinne 7 Players: Canadiens (protected 11): Byron, Danault, Drouin, Gallagher, Petry, Weber, Price Capitals (protected 11): Backstrom, Eller, Kuznetsov, Ovechkin, Wilson, Carlson, Orlov Ducks (protected 11): Getzlaf, Kesler, Rakell, Silfverberg, Fowler, Lindholm, Gibson Jets (protected 11): Copp, Little, Lowry, Perreault, Scheifele, Wheeler, Hellebuyck Lightning (protected 11): Stamkos, Johnson, Killorn, Kucherov, Palat, Hedman, Vasilevsky Stars (protected 11): Benn, Faksa, Seguin, Johns, Klingberg, Lindell, Bishop 6 Players: Bruins (protected 11): Bergeron, Krejci, Marchand, Pastrnak, Miller, Rask 5 Players: Canucks (protected 11): Baertschi, Eriksson, Horvat, Sutter, Edler Flyers (protected 11): Giroux, Couturier, Laughton, Voracek, Gostisbehere Islanders (protected 9): Ladd, Lee, Leddy, Pelech, Pulock Oilers (protected 11): Draisaitl, Kassian, Nugent-Hopkins, Klefbom, Larsson Sharks (protected 11): Couture, Hertl, Burns, Vlasic, Jones 4 Players: Blue Jackets (protected 11): Atkinson, Dubinsky, Jenner, Jones Flames (protected 11): Backlund, Gaudreau, Monahan, Giordano Panthers (protected 9): Barkov, Huberdeau, Ekblad, Yandle Penguins (protected 9): Crosby, Malkin, Letang, Dumoulin Sabres (protected 11): Okposo, Girgensons, McCabe, Ristolainen Wild (protected 11): Parise, Suter, Brodin, Spurgeon 3 Players: Avalanche (prtected 11): Landeskog, MacKinnon, Johnson Blackhawks (protected 11): Kane, Toews, Keith Hurricanes (protected 11): McGinn, Staal, Teravainen Kings (protected 9): Kopitar, Doughty, Quick 2 Players: Coyotes (protected 9): Goligoski, Ekman-Larsson Blues (protected 11): Schwartz, Tarasenko Maple Leafs (protected 11): Rielly, Andersen Rangers (protected 11): Kreider, Zibanejad Red Wings (protected 11): Nielsen, DeKeyser 1 Player: Devils (protected 9): Severson Senators (protected 11): Dzingel As an aside, the Vegas Golden Knights still only have 6 of the players they drafted in the 2017 expansion draft.
  7. Honestly, it's good for the fans to suffer a bit. Their first season gave many of those new to following the sport closely unrealistic expectations for what it means to be a hockey fan, in the long term. I thought their draft would produce a batter product than we'd seen during most of the expansion era, but I never dreamed they'd see a SCF year one. The trade off is that a lot of their supporters are having a really uncomfortable learning experience with disappointment. They're going to lose their collective minds when the team eventually fails to make the playoffs. Say what you want about Buffalo, Columbus, or Toronto fans, but they've got some of the most dedicated people I've ever seen.
  8. The eggplant and jade is probably the better way to go, but I have to agree that the old crest in orange and black is the more likely scenario.
  9. I came in here expecting to just see a regurgitation of the Celtics brand replacing a serviceable minor league identity. While I'm not thrilled about the name being gone, I have to say I actually like the identity, and I love the logo. If we're ranking G-League identities (which are pretty subpar, even for a minor league), I'd put this up with the Go-Go.
  10. I agree that it does look pretty good, in a vacuum. My main gripe is that there's enough blue in this league. I would have preferred to see them be a bit more adventurous, avoiding primaries that leaned too heavily into blue, red, or black. Nine teams have home jerseys in some shade of blue (BUF, CBJ, NYI, NYR, STL, TBL, TOR, VAN, WPG). Depending on how close you consider teal, maybe you can lump SJS in there. Three more have an alt (COL, EDM, WSH) If you want to throw the RRs onto the pile, we can add FLA and MTL. There's just nothing about them that sets them apart from the pack. For all their other issues, Vegas knows how to stand out and their home set is sharp.
  11. I know a couple of guys who root for the Sabres and Bills. As an observer, being a Buffalo sports fan is just a master class in misery.
  12. My understanding is that Vancouver is moving the AHL franchise, which they own. Local interests in Utica hold the rights to the team name, so it is staying. New Jersey is relocating the AHL franchise it owns, and is assuming the identity, as it reached a deal with the Comets. It's all convoluted, in any case. I could be wrong, but that's the way it all reads to me. Edit: It just dawned on me that you may have thought I meant that the teams would be the Abbotsford Canucks and the Utica Devils. Those were just placeholder terms since I hadn't seen anything more specific. Though I did expect Jersey to revive the Utica Devils.
  13. With the statement the League just released, I think the best outcome here is the League strong-arming Parros into stepping down. The DoPS is a :censored:ing joke.
  14. Board of Governors approves franchise relocations | TheAHL.com | The American Hockey League Abbotsford Canucks and Utica Devils were approved by the board. I'd assume this means Colorado shifts over to the Central Division. When Palm Springs joins (barring no other relocations), I'd say we're looking at new divisions for Tucson and Grand Rapids.
  15. I'll be shocked if he isn't gone at some point in the off-season. Maybe the NHL will learn it's probably a terrible idea to make a former enforcer the head of DoPS. Not gonna hold my breath on that.
  16. I am seeing some incredibly :censored:ty takes from most of the Caps fan base and those people who say things like "hockey is a gladiator sport." I know people think the sport is going soft, but there needs to be a diminished role for fighting in the game. The DoPs has been wildly inconsistent. Wilson got 7 games earlier this season for something that was a dirty play, but still happened organically in the flow of the game. This was after the whistle. A $5k fine is an absolute joke. Wilson punched Buch in the back of the head, and Panarin was only trying to pull Wilson off his teammate. Fights happen, yes. This wasn't an honest brawl. Wilson crossed lines and ended a guy's season. Granted, it was only a few games early, but from what I'm hearing, it could have been season-ending a month and a half ago. This outcome isn't in line with the League's stated commitment to addressing concussions and other head trauma. Wilson should be getting 7 games, absolute minimum. Four for the rest of the series (which don't matter much), and the first three of the playoffs. That would send a clearer message to him. The team would feel it, and it might make the difference in moving on or a first round bounce.
  17. AHL announces plans for 2021 playoffs, 21-22 calendar | TheAHL.com | The American Hockey League No Calder Cup, regular season division champs will be awarded trophies for all but the Pacific Division, who will have some sort of mini tournament to declare their winner.
  18. Pretty much this. I made friends with a former low-level Tucson Roadrunners employee who managed to get on with the Kraken's business side of the house. He said that he's low enough that he doesn't know what it is, but he has been told that the final name and color scheme has been selected.
  19. That really doesn't do justice to just how peak Minnesota hockey this is. All 5 DI Minnesota teams made it as part of the 8 teams in the regional semi-finals. UM and MN State played each other, and Bemidji State got blanked by the eventual champs (truthfully, I'm shocked Bemidji made it as far as they did), but we were still looking at 3 of the Frozen Four being from the State of Hockey. As an aside, this is the first time since 2007 that no #1 seed has been in the Frozen Four. Congrats to the Minutemen on the win!
  20. While I don't have any issues with Rockford Blackhawks as an identity (or Chicago, for that matter), I think the more prudent move would be to not add a new (albeit smaller) facet to any potential identity issues. Without getting into the weeds with how the Blackhawks aren't Cleveland baseball or DC football, there are still those who take issue with the identity. I think it's just safer to avoid, in case it becomes a more prominent outcry in the future. Chicago has done a good job of handling those voices without making things worse for themselves, from a business and PR standpoint. I think an org that has been that savvy would see that longevity, history, and identity origins have served them well so far. Creating the RockHawks would undermine that defense; the degree which it does is hard to pinpoint, it being the AHL.
  21. As someone who follows the Rivs, I'm excited to see the full return to the RWB color scheme. Rosie still looked best on the '16-'17 jerseys with the red base, but I love their road sweater, and will be trying to pick up a gamer.
  22. I agree. I'll give a fair amount of leeway to a team that went big and whiffed. The result isn't better, but I respect taking the chance. Teams that played it safe are fine, so long as they nailed it. Those who took zero chances and didn't execute flawlessly just come off looking bad. More so since these jerseys can be gone in a year; this is precisely the time to try something bold and/or crazy.
  23. I do want to take a quick moment to defend the reluctance of some Isles fans to associate with Fishsticks, in the interest of fairness. A close friend who has been a lifelong Islanders fan relayed this to me, a couple years back. While it's not the end-all-be-all of what's important in the sports world, Espn's 30 for 30 series has currently only done 3 episodes on hockey, of their just over 100. That small of a number aside, 2 of those cover Gretzky's trade from the Oilers to the Kings, and the Miracle on Ice. So far so good, right? You know what the other one was? An in-depth look at the Spano fiasco. That means that ESPN deemed it one of the top three most documentary-worthy stories in hockey's history. Heck, let's expand it to the shorts, too. We also get the rise and fall of John Wensink, who notoriously challenged the entire North Stars bench to a fight once only to take his own life shortly after his career ended, and Clint Malarchuk having his carotid slit, easily one of the scariest moments in sports. With that kind of focus on something your team has been the ongoing butt of, I am willing to take a step back from the jokes and show a little understanding to those in the fanbase who have a near PTSD response to Fishsticks.
  24. Those are some awfully strong feelings for a small silver number outline as a fun little way to celebrate the silver anniversary. Especially from someone who was just advocating for Fishsticks because "The Fisherman is fun."
  25. Dating a 'Yotes fan. As an observer of the fanbase, it feels more like a "See, we somehow beat the odds and survived!" That said, it's striping on the numbers of an already in-use uniform, it's not like they're going full Flyers. If they don't get some stuff worked out soon, there won't be a golden anniversary. There's a good chance Houston is going to come a'knocking, at some point, and whichever team is in the most dire straits at that point is going to be the prime relocation candidate, especially if they already happen to be in the central division.
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