- Man. The emotion from Kaser right now. I am misting up just listening to him. 15 minutes ago
- Kaser going through the replays and you can hear his voice breaking, 30 minutes after reality setting in. Then in the goal call. 28 minutes ago
- Tom Grace said the longer it takes the sweeter it will be. The tone of Griffins PBP Bob Kaser's voice right now just proves that point. 33 minutes ago
- Hershey fan did this. The rivalry runs deep. RT @Ahlhockeyfan: @nafsnep http://t.co/wxnWe9r3MY 36 minutes ago
- Our day is coming. RT @WBSPenguins: Congratulations to the @griffinshockey 2013 Calder Cup Champions. 38 minutes ago
- Now, the realization that the season is over. For real. When does the schedule come out again? LOL 43 minutes ago
- Happy that AHL Live is sticking with this celebration. 44 minutes ago
A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
Free Agent Frenzy Day 1
July 1, 2011Posted by on
Day One of the NHL Free Agency Period is nearly in the books. The big NHL free agents are the hot commodities, but I kept my eyes on what went down in the AHL East Division with their parent teams. Team by team, here we go:
Pittsburgh / Wilkes-Barre / Scranton:
- Colin McDonald from the Oklahoma City Barons. Led the AHL with 42 goals last season. This signing struck me like a Mack truck. I did not see this happening at all. I had him signing a one-way. This is big news.
- Bombulie with a quick blurb.
- Ray Shero states that this is not the market to be signing players. With about $2 million left in cap space does this mean he loads up the farm?
Washington / Hershey:
- Paul Baier, a defenseman from the Rochester Americans. Fan favorite in Rochester and a Brown graduate. Not a veteran, so he solidifies them at that position.
- Semyon Varlamov was traded to Colorado.
- Ryan Potulny from the Binghamton Senators. Center depth for the Bears if he doesn’t stick in Washington. Likely means the end of Andrew Gordon in Hershey.
- Matt Ford from the Lake Erie Monsters. 26-16-42 for Lake Erie last season.
- Sean Collins re-signed.
Ottawa / Binghamton:
- Signed Alex Auld, thereby guaranteeing Robin Lehner to start the year in Binghamton as the Senators wanted.
- Francis Lessard re-signed.
Tampa Bay / Norfolk:
- J.T. Wyman from the Hamilton Bulldogs. Number 108 on the Bombulie list.
- Michel Ouellet, who played overseas last season (ironically with the same team John Curry signed with the Hamburg Freezers) and did time in WBS many moons ago.
- Edmonton signs Corey Potter. Disappointing to see Corey walk like that. Wish him well with his new team. Leaves a bit of a hole at the position but Wilkes-Barre has a plethora of talent at the position.
- Hershey loses its captain, Andrew Joudrey to Columbus.
- AHL observer Patrick Williams has a new job as NHL.com correspondent.
If you see any omissions from any other teams from the AHL perspective that will directly affect Wilkes-Barre, leave me a comment in the comment section. I will be back tomorrow to recap Day Two.
My thought is that Wilkes-Barre, Hershey and the heavyweights in the East Division are not done beefing up. We still need to get Brad Thiessen and Dustin Jeffrey signed. I don’t think we are done yet. Stay tuned. Business is picking up.