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AHL Update

Rockford is just the right place for Poapst

Thursday, 09.09.2010 / 9:00 AM / AHL Update

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

Even as he faces the prospect of driving about 75 miles out of Chicago almost every day, new Rockford assistant coach Steve Poapst never considers himself to be truly leaving the city.

That trip, he estimates, should take him maybe 70 minutes, at most. That's nothing. Heck, sometimes the 16-mile drive from his suburban home into the heart of the Windy City takes him close to an hour.

"From looking at that point, the commute is a lot easier," Poapst said. "It's the same thing. Just less frustrating."

Chicago always will have its strings around Poapst's heart no matter how far he travels. It's the place where he got his true NHL start and now is the home base for his debut as an AHL coach.

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Lashoff working to impress new set of bosses

Wednesday, 09.01.2010 / 9:49 AM / AHL Update

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

Matt Lashoff has become a much-wanted defenseman early in his hockey career. It's a development that both flatters and puzzles him.

Lashoff was traded for the second time in as many years last week, this time from the Tampa Bay to the Toronto organization. While that sort of movement is all part of the deal, it's a little surprising when it involves a player who was the No. 22 pick in the 2005 Entry Draft, one who has yet to reach his 24th birthday.

Yet there was Lashoff a few days ago, after getting news of the swap, turning to his younger brother Brian and commenting that this wasn't the way he saw things unfolding after the Bruins drafted him.

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2010-11 American Hockey League schedule released

Wednesday, 08.25.2010 / 4:25 PM / AHL Update

NHL.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The American Hockey League today released the complete schedule of regular-season games for the 2010-11 season, as the league celebrates its 75th year of operation. The season, comprising 1,200 games, begins on Fri., Oct. 8 and concludes on Sun., Apr. 10. Each of the league's 30 clubs will play 80 games, 40 at home and 40 on the road.

The AHL's 75th anniversary celebration begins with a special set of home-and-home series featuring the league's six senior-most cities. The Providence Bruins will take on the Springfield Falcons (Oct. 8 and 9), the Lake Erie Monsters will square off against the Syracuse Crunch (Oct. 8 and 9) and the Hershey Bears will face the Rochester Americans (Oct. 10 and 16) while wearing throwback uniforms that will hark back to the earliest days of the American Hockey League. Providence, Springfield, Cleveland and Syracuse were among the league's charter cities in 1936, with Hershey coming aboard in 1938 and Rochester hitting the ice in 1956.
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Move south should be a good one for Desjardins

Thursday, 08.19.2010 / 9:00 AM / AHL Update

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

After he was traded from the Montreal organization to Tampa Bay earlier this week, the phone of goalie Cedrick Desjardins was overloaded with messages from well-wishers.

The outpouring of support and curiosity caught him off-guard.

"I was surprised. For a guy who plays in the AHL, so many people called. I have a lot of friends," he said. "Also, there's nothing really going on (news-wise). So that's probably it."

Desjardins drastically undersells himself. When one of the AHL's best goalies gets a new address at this point in the summer, it tends to grab attention.

Playing for Hamilton last season Desjardins, 24, led the AHL in goals-against average (2.00), ranked second in shutouts (six), tied for fourth in wins (29) and was tied for sixth in save percentage (.919). The effort earned him a spot on the league's second all-star team.
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Kleinendorst happy to serve

Wednesday, 08.11.2010 / 10:32 AM / AHL Update

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

"I think he's got the whole background. I think we wanted a guy that can teach. These kids are all prospects, but they have a lot to learn. We needed more of a teacher and a communicator. He's a student of the game."
-- Ottawa Senators assistant GM Tim Murray on Kurt Kleinendorst

Kurt Kleinendorst took a couple out-of-the-loop vacation weeks this summer.

He figures that's when Binghamton Senators coach Don Nachbaur must have resigned. He came to that deduction because when Ottawa Senators Assistant General Manager Tim Murray called him to discuss whether he'd be interested in coaching Binghamton, Kleinendorst had no idea what he was talking about.

"I'm not going to lie to you. I didn't know they had an opening," Kleinendorst said. "I didn't know that Don had left."

The Senators were keeping a lot closer tabs on Kleinendorst than he was on their organizational chart. Ottawa's cold-call to him indicated it was well along the way to considering him a strong candidate for the Binghamton job. After Kleinendorst absorbed the notion that there was a "Help Wanted" sign hanging in the window and said he'd love to get a crack at the position, the Senators brought him in as their AHL coach last week.
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Hynes jumps into pro coaching ranks with baby Pens

Thursday, 08.05.2010 / 10:29 AM / AHL Update

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

John Hynes attended a 15-year anniversary reunion of his 1995 Boston University national championship team last weekend.

It was a crew that had piled up some impressive credentials since then, including Chris Drury, Jay Pandolfo and Mike Grier. Hynes had a new tidbit of his own to throw into the mix -- just hours before he had been named new head coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Not that he'd bring that up, or anything.

"A couple of the guys knew. I didn't go broadcasting it," Hynes said after returning from his celebration. "It was more about catching up with the guys. The good thing is everyone is doing well."

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Haydar glad to be back with Wolves

Wednesday, 07.28.2010 / 10:46 AM / AHL Update

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

Darren Haydar is feeling very refreshed these days.

He doesn't like it at all.

At this point of the off-season, the forward is usually still recovering from a long playoff run, resting tired legs and tending to an assortment of ailments. But there's none of that wear and tear now. Skating for Lake Erie last season, Haydar missed the playoffs for the first time in a pro career that began in 2002.

''Definitely, being finished in April was a wakeup call for myself,'' he said.

While there are certainly no guarantees about these things, Haydar has decided to hedge his bets for the next two seasons.

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BriseBois hopes to bring stability in Norfolk

Thursday, 07.22.2010 / 9:00 AM / AHL Update

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

The way the turnstile has spun on the Norfolk general manager's position the past few years, the job is primed for someone who is all in.

Hello, Julien BriseBois. The 33-year-old recently was named assistant GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning. One of his responsibilities is running the Admirals.

That job used to come with a merry-go-round ticket. In a reflection of the Lightning's management instability, the Admirals have had three general managers the past three seasons.

The sample platter stops here, according to BriseBois. He didn't ditch nine seasons of serious career-building in Montreal -- his hometown team -- for a less-successful Tampa Bay-Norfolk tandem just to make a cameo appearance in his new position.

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Loaded Pittsburgh a surprising choice for Sterling

Wednesday, 07.14.2010 / 9:43 AM / AHL Update

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

Where some players see a traffic jam, Brett Sterling imagines an opportunity.

He's already tried out what might have been perceived as a fast lane to the NHL, but that didn't work out so well. So now his view of career advancement has taken a 180-degree turn, and it points him toward Pittsburgh.

The free-agent forward signed a two-way deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization when the market opened. He picked Pittsburgh ahead of interest from Edmonton, St. Louis, Phoenix and Florida -- organizations that would appear to offer many more openings for talented depth players.

But Sterling, 26, has tested that philosophy before, and in his case, has found it lacking.  He was a superb finisher for four seasons with the AHL Chicago Wolves, producing 144 goals and 119 assists in 254 games. But the exchange rate on that sort of sustained excellence was a mere 19 games with the Thrashers.

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MacDonald returns to scene of his greatest success

Wednesday, 07.07.2010 / 10:09 AM / AHL Update

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

Joey MacDonald knows exactly where the goaltending standards are set in his return to the net in Grand Rapids.

He's the one who put most of them there in the first place.

MacDonald, 30, signed with the Detroit organization last week after three seasons away from his comfort zone with the Griffins. From 2002 to 2007 he set numerous franchise marks, including career shutouts (16), games played by a goaltender in a season (66 in 2004-05), wins in a season (tied, 34 in 2004-05), shutouts in a season (tied, 6 in 2003-04), and single-season save percentage (.936 in 2003-04). He is second in career wins (88) and saves (4,251).

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