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Sigalets have emotional parting of ways

by Lindsay Kramer

Providence Bruins defenseman Jonathan Sigalet
was recently traded from the organization where
he had spent his first three pro seasons, all with his brother, goalie Jordan Sigalet, as a teammate.
Knowing the end was near didn’t make it any easier to deal with when it actually arrived.

So when Providence’s season shockingly concluded with a Game 6 loss to Portland in the Atlantic Division final May 9, Bruins defenseman Jonathan Sigalet slumped in the stall of his brother, Jordan, the team’s goalie.

It was an emotional few moments. The two had been on the same team for five seasons – three with Providence and two collegiate seasons with Bowling Green. But Jordan was going to be an unrestricted free agent and Jonathan thought he might be on the trade market, so they understood their time together probably was over.

They were right, as Jonathan was the first one out the door. He was dealt to the Columbus organization last week in exchange for the rights to unsigned draft pick Matt Marquardt.

“It will be strange at first,’’ Jonathan said about missing his brother. “I’ve been fortunate to play five years with him. It’s more than I could have expected. I knew it had to come to an end some time.’’

In a saga that has played out very publicly, the bond between the brothers is deeper than normal because Jordan plays with multiple sclerosis. Sharing the same locker room with Jordan gave Jonathan a much easier portal to keep an eye on him and give him emotional support.

Unless Jordan signs with the Blue Jackets organization – an unlikely scenario – Jonathan will have to fret about his brother long-distance.

“I’ll worry about him, but I’ll worry about him when I’m a 40-year-old man,’’ said Jonathan, 22. “We’re not going to be roommates at that point. You have to separate at some point.’’

While Jordan, 27, has to wait out the free-agent shopping climate, at least Jonathan caught a break by landing with his new team so quickly.

“I knew Boston had a lot of depth at defense,” said Jonathan, who got in just one game with Boston. “I think they knew I wanted a fresh start. I was happy they were able to find a place for me. If anything, it’s more motivation now. I know where I’m going for camp. I can’t wait for September.’’

Haydar trying to get on NHL radar –
Maybe it would be a better idea if opposing teams just ignored Chicago Wolves forward Darren Haydar and let him get his chances at will.
It would take away some of his motivation, and he could hardly be more dangerous than he is now.

Haydar, whose Wolves are taking on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the Calder Cup final, has become perhaps the greatest clutch player in league history. His secret? The more defensive scrutiny he gets, the better he likes it.

“That’s something I learned early on in my career,” he said. “Take the extra attention as a compliment and channel your energy in a positive way. In the playoffs is not the time to settle personal scores. You take punches, you take slashes. The way I’m going to retaliate is put the puck in the net. I go to the rink, and my job is to score. If I’m not doing my job, I’m letting my team down.’’

More often than not, Haydar, 28, has helped carry his team. In the Wolves’ Game 2 win, he scored his 52nd career AHL postseason goal. That broke the record of 51 held by AHL Hall of Famer and current Rochester general manager Jody Gage. In the same game, he also posted his 120th career AHL postseason point. That surpassed the record of 119 held by AHL Hall of Famer Willie Marshall since 1971.

Here’s the real rub: Haydar was playing in his 91st career postseason game, while Gage played in 115 and Marshall skated in 112.

Haydar’s postseason dramatics have earned him only a blink of an NHL career – 22 games total. Ever the optimist, Haydar looks at his numbers and figures if others who have produced numbers similar to him got decent NHL chances, he will, too – and hopefully soon.

“I know I belong at that level,” he said. “It’s just a matter of a general manager believing in me. I look at NHL teams. I feel like I can replace a few guys on each team. My window, if it hasn’t closed, there definitely isn’t a lot of room.’’
Cassivi finally moving on – Playing goalie in the AHL since 1995 has taught Frederic Cassivi a lot of life lessons.

The one that’s applicable for him right now is that the time to step aside comes for everybody.

Cassivi, one of the greatest AHL goalies of his generation, has signed a deal to play in Germany next season. He went 20-20-4 with a .901 save percentage and 3.19 goals-against average with Hershey this season. He talked with Bears officials about his future, but wasn’t planning on Washington having room in the organization for him.

“I would like to stay in Hershey longer if I could, but I know how the business works,’’ said Cassivi, who turns 33 June 12. “NHL teams have to develop goalies, and goalies my age take time away from prospects. There are no hard feelings at all.’’

Cassivi appeared in 500 regular-season AHL games and ranks fifth all-time in AHL wins (232), and is tied for ninth all-time in shutouts (24). He took Hershey to the Calder Cup in 2005-06 and was a backup on Chicago’s title team in 2002.

“It gives me something to keep track of to make sure no one gets near them in the near future,’’ he said of his marks. “The perfect scenario would have been to land a (full-time) job in the NHL. I don’t regret anything. I gave what I could to try to make it.’’

Around the AHL –
Anaheim, which had been affiliated with Portland the past three seasons, will partner with Iowa next year. Iowa, which was with Dallas, will change its name, logo and colors. ... Chicago defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski’s streak of goals in six straight games through Game 2 of the Calder Cup final was the longest in the Calder Cup playoffs since 2001, when Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Milan Kraft also had a six-gamer. ... Through Game 2, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had lost eight consecutive Calder Cup final games, dating back to a 6-4 win against Saint John in Game 4 of the 2001 championship series. ... Penguins defenseman Alain Nasreddine played in his 100th career AHL playoff game in that contest, becoming the 11th player in league history to hit that mark. ... Fellow Wilkes-Barre/Scranton blueliner Alex Goligoski has 26 postseason points, an AHL record for a defenseman in a single playoff season. The total is two shy of the AHL record for a rookie, set by Mike Sillinger with the Adirondack Red Wings in 1992. ... The Game 1 penalty shot awarded to Chicago’s Steve Martins was the first in a Calder Cup final game since 1998. ... Prior to their 5-4 loss in Game 1, the Penguins had been 29-0-0-0 this season (including playoffs) when scoring at least four goals in a game, and 10-0 this postseason when scoring at least three. ...Chicago is 4-0 in Game 2s this postseason. ... Eight of the last nine finals have had a one-goal decision in Game 1, and 13 of the last 14 finals Game 1s have been decided by one goal or one goal plus an empty-netter. ... The Rangers have agreed to terms with forward Tomas Zaborsky. Zaborsky, 20, played 68 games with Saginaw of the OHL this season, registering 31 goals and 39 assists. The 2006 fifth-round pick also played in two games with Hartford. ... Ottawa has inked center Peter Regin, a 2004 third-round pick. ... Buffalo has signed high-scoring Michigan State forward Tim Kennedy. Kennedy led the Spartans in scoring for a second consecutive season, matching a career high with 43 points. Kennedy, a sixth-round pick in 2005, helped Michigan State win the 2007 NCAA championship by scoring the game-tying goal and assisting on the winning goal in the title game against Boston College. ... The AHL raised $2.68 million for charity in the 2007-08 season. In addition to money raised, teams made nearly 3,000 visits by players and coaches to schools, hospitals, libraries and other locations and nearly 3,000 more mascot appearances. More than 150,000 game tickets were donated to local charitable groups, and items such as food, coats, Christmas gifts and hockey equipment were collected at various charity drives organized by AHL clubs.

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