- RT @timleone: Havy said Neuvy slated to arrive in Hershey later today for rehab assignment. Will be on ice Friday for morning skate. 40 minutes ago
- Regarding the Neuvirth news, just in time to play WBS tomorrow. That is, if he makes the trip and plays. 1 hour ago
- RT @ScottStuccio: @TheHersheyBears confirm 2009 Calder Cup MVP / #Caps G Michal Neuvirth will be joining the Bears on a conditioning loan. … 1 hour ago
- I also deliberately crossed out the “Audy” in Jonathan Marchessault’s name. It doesn’t take much to entertain me: wp.me/pZJgR-1Ei 14 hours ago
- I actually wrote this in my recap: “ SPR's PP is thing of beauty. 1) Win face-off. 2) Pass to guy. 3) Shoot 4) Celebrate with teammates." 14 hours ago
- As I walk in the door I discover that Hershey beats Bingo in a shoot out. Pens should still lead the division on tie breakers. 15 hours ago
- Bingo in OT. Earn a point and draw even, for now, with WBS for division lead. 16 hours ago
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November 26, 2013Posted by on
Tons of stuff to catch up on here Tuesday afternoon…
– Brian Gibbons is back. Re-assigned this morning.
– Up top, Beau Bennett is out 8-10 weeks with a broken wrist. Tanner Glass is out with a broken hand. That’s why the demotion of Gibbons is head scratching to me.
– Here’s some nice words from Pittsburgh on Andrew Ebbett. In that, you’ll also find that Paul Martin is out with a lower body injury.
So where does that leave Wilkes-Barre?
– Carter Rowney was recalled from Wheeling today.
– Peter Merth and Pierre Leblond practiced today, from the Tuesday Bombulie update.
Jonathan really has things covered in his offering today. He mentions that a forward could still go back up tomorrow as well as Simon Despres because of Paul Martin’s injury and that Despres uses his right frame of mind.*
Oh, and Matt D’Agostini is on waivers. If no one claims him, he could end up on the ice with the Penguins tomorrow in Glens Falls, NY.
Three other things before I wrap it up. Remember the big hit in Saturday’s game Tom Kuhnhackl took by J.C. Lipon of St. John’s? Lipon was suspended two games as a result by the AHL today….Zack Torquato was named ECHL Player of the Week for the Wheeling Nailers. Torquato is on an ECHL only deal, meaning he can sign with any AHL team. He was in Wilkes-Barre camp last season if I remember correctly…..There is a new ECHL team which will take the ice for the 2014-2015 season. They are the Indy Fuel. They’ll probably face Wheeling a few times next season.
Depending if there is a call up to Pittsburgh tomorrow and the time it happens, I might have a few words on it. If not, Gameday for tomorrow’s game in Glens Falls vs. the Phantoms will be up at 3 p.m.
* – alright, it’s a terrible joke. Left handed people use the right side of their brain. Righties use their left side. So you’ll hear the joke from left handed people that they are always “in the right frame of mind”… I’ll be here all week. Try the veal….
November 19, 2013Posted by on
I opted for this headline because the alternative one I had in mind, “Mannino, Farnham Suspended” seemed to grim to me.
But it’s true. Bobby Farnham was suspended one game by the AHL today and will miss tomorrows road game at Rochester for an illegal check to the head Friday in Syracuse. No penalty was called. In fact, Farnham played the game without being penalized.
But, a part of Rule 28.1 of the AHL Rulebook reads as follows…
If an investigation is requested by a Club, it must be initiated within
twenty-four (24) hours following the completion of the game in which
the incident occurred. In addition, teams are required to fill out a
request for supplemental discipline form along with a two hundred fifty
dollar ($250) deposit refundable if further action is taken by the
So it’s safe to assume that the Syracuse Crunch sent tape to the League Office in Springfield and asked them to review it.
EDIT: Yep, they did, as reported by Lindsay Kramer who covers the Syracuse Crunch.
The other news of the day was that the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins have suspended G Peter Mannino for apparently not reporting to the Wheeling Nailers. Jonathan Bombulie had more on this…
WBS Penguins have suspended G Peter Mannino after he failed to report to Wheeling Nailers.—
Jonathan Bombulie (@CVBombulie) November 19, 2013
From what I've been told, Mannino, 29, is considering his professional future. He can't sign anywhere else unless WBS releases him.—
Jonathan Bombulie (@CVBombulie) November 19, 2013
In between all of this, there was news that Brad Thiessen was released by HIFK in Finland. Normally, when this happens, the player wants to be released. It could mean that the player has another deal lined up in another league in another country, possibly North America.
Great! Thiessen is coming back to Wilkes-Barre, right?
I'm also told there is no connection between the Mannino situation and Brad Thiessen being released by HIFK Helsinki.—
Jonathan Bombulie (@CVBombulie) November 19, 2013
We’ll have to see what happens with Mannino and monitor where Thiessen ends up.
Barring anymore breaking news, the Gameday setup for tomorrow’s game in Rochester will be up at 3 p.m.
November 7, 2013Posted by on
Just a few things to touch on today…
Pittsburgh announced today that they have signed Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Lebond to an NHL deal. As a result, he was put on waivers today. We will know by noon Friday if he clears.
If you remember, we had the same situation with Tom Kostopoulos last year. He signed an AHL deal with Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh signed him to an NHL contract, waived him, and he was then claimed by the New Jersey Devils.
Jonathan had an update today on the Leblond news and a graph on the inequities of the Pens in shoot outs this season.
I talked Wilkes-Barre pucks with Jesse Marshall and Faceoff Factor this week.
Andy Chiodo signed a contract with the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors.
Speak of the devil, Albany is in tomorrow!* Gameday for that affair will be up at 3 p.m.
* – see what I did there?
August 29, 2013Posted by on
Very minute news cycle now that the AHL Schedule and the Penguins Promo Schedule are out and teams are about a week or so away from Rookie Tournaments and two to three weeks away from the start of training camp. Business will start picking up soon. Here’s a few things that are floating out there…
– Chris Collins finds work with the Bakersfield Condors in the ECHL. I thought that there was still some AHL tread on Collins’ tires, but looking at this made the logic of him signing an ECHL only deal make more sense. The 2013 Offseason Moves List has been updated accordingly.
– Ex-WBS D Carl Sneep signed with the Idaho Steelheads, also of the ECHL, Tuesday. This news comes as more of a shock to me, because it would appear that Sneep’s NHL ship has sailed by this signing.
– Reports that the AHL All-Star Classic may be in St. John’s are building and with a new format due to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Stay tuned.
If you haven’t noticed yet, the blog now features schedule widgets for Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh and Wheeling on the left hand side of the page. Now you never have to be on the blog and wonder when the next game is for all three levels of Penguins hockey.
Will likely have the Season Ticket Price comparison for center ice seats in all 30 AHL Arenas early part of next week. Until then, enjoy this weather.
June 19, 2013Posted by on
Consider this your Thursday Weekly Offseason update a day early….
– The Grand Rapids Griffins are the Calder Cup Champions. They closed out the Syracuse Crunch in Game 6 last night. Here are my words for Bob Howard’s blog from Game 5 and Game 6.
– The Hershey Bears have a new bench boss. His name is Mike Haviland. He’s won everywhere he has been. He started in the ECHL, won two league titles there, moved up to the AHL with Norfolk and was named AHL’s Coach of the Year in 2007, moved on to Rockford and coached the IceHogs in their maiden AHL season. The IceHogs haven’t won a playoff game since. He’s most recently been an associate coach with Admirals this past season on Hampton Roads.
– Chris Bourque is going back to Russia, with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL.
– The Wheeling Nailers and the rest of the ECHL announced their 2013-2014 schedule today.
– 107 days to opening night. Probably 100 days till we get our schedule. Heh.
Keeping my eye in the transfer wires as more and more guys are jumping the pond to Europe and beyond. If any Penguin makes the jump, I’ll blog about it. If not, see you next Thursday!
May 14, 2013Posted by on
Just a few notes on the eve of Game 3…
– No idea who is starting in goal for Game 3 Wednesday for the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins. It’s a good problem to have really, when you have two Class A goaltenders to choose from. If I am Coach Hynes, I give the net to Brad Thiessen until Jeff Zatkoff gives me a reason to give it back to him. Providence scored 12 goals on Zatkoff. Say what you want about the situation, but the Penguins played a much calmer and overall better game in front of Thiessen in the second and third period. And oh, by the way, Thiessen didn’t allow a goal in 40 minutes played.
– No suspension for Warren Peters for his hit on Zach Trotman in Game 2.
– Dylan Reese will not be available for Game 3 tomorrow. He skated Tuesday but won’t tomorrow night at seven.
– Boston recalled D Torey Krug today. This leaves Providence with 5 defensemen. The issue that the Penguins have had in the series hasn’t been anything on the Providence blue line. It’s been Chris Bourque and the deadly Providence power play. The P-Bruins could have rolled out an ECHL blueline and still likely would have won Games 1 and 2.
Elsewhere outside of this series…
– The Hartford Wolf Pack are back. I don’t know why they switched from the Connecticut Whale to Wolf Pack midseason a few seasons ago. Seemed silly to me.
– The Vancouver Canucks, who bought the Peoria Rivermen franchise, will not skate a team full of prospects next season. That means that the Canucks prospects will be spread out all over the AHL next year and the league will retract back to 29 teams unless a last second Hail Mary is called.
– The aforementioned Peoria Rivermen are apparently taking the elevator down three levels to a league called the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) with a team from the Central Hockey League (CHL) named the Bloomington Blaze. I know minor league team movement doesn’t interest nearly as many people as it does interest me, but there is a lot of movement below the AHL in the ECHL possibly gaining two if not three teams and the SPHL expanding and the CHL drying up completely.
Back to this P-Bruins / Penguins series finally, and an op-ed piece from yours truly. We have come way too far in the last couple of seasons for this to be the end of things for a fourteenth season. The summit is not and should not be second round of playoffs and out year after year after year. I am not going to Game 3 tomorrow expecting to lose. I am not going to Game 4 Friday to attend a funeral. This series has to be won on the road. Flashback to July last year and the boatload of talent signed by Pittsburgh earmarked for Wilkes-Barre in the Fall. This team here in the middle of May is still that same team, only better with additions of Derek Nesbitt and Chad Kolarik. We are not out of this series yet. We can, and I expect to win this series in either six or seven games.
Gameday for Game 3 will be here Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m.
April 17, 2013Posted by on
Here are a septuplet of topics on a Wednesday afternoon:
– The Penguins will be opening the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs on the road in either Syracuse or Binghamton on April 27. Both clubs announced that the Conference Quarterfinal begins April 27 with Game 2 on April 28. Mark your calendars accordingly.
– The Peter Merth Effect is back in Wilkes-Barre. Merth signed a PTO this week and is yet another depth defenseman the Penguins have in their arsenal.
– Pittsburgh signed goaltender Eric Hartzell to a one year contract for this season. Hartzell just completed a season at Quinnipiac, runners-up to champion Yale in the Frozen Four which was held in Pittsburgh last week.
– Wilkes-Barre signed a pair of players to ATOs this week. They are forwards Anton Zlobin and Matia Marcantuoni. They will practice, get a taste of what it is like to be a professional hockey player and likely take that knowledge home with them for the summertime.
– You like outdoor games? Next year is your year then, as the NHL will be announcing a “Stadium Series” next year to be held in outdoor baseball or football stadiums. The Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks are scheduled to play at Soldier Field next March.
– Dollar Drafts are back this Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena. Drink responsibly.
Look for the next blog update Friday, which will be the Gameday setup for that night’s game vs. Worcester.
Let’s Go Pens!