Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

Align Up

If you are friends with me on Facebook, head over there to see storm pictures I posted from the bad storms that hit the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton area Tuesday evening. I lost my pool, deck and shed. Nothing insurance won’t cover and there was no other damage to the house or the cats.

So I am late with this post on the Divisional Alignment changes announced for the AHL in the 2014-15 season. I’m also a bit of a MacGyver too as a managed to run the generator wires to the internet nerve center and got that going, so I’m hammering out this post on my iPad on my patio.

Anyway. Here are the changes. The East Division gains the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and loses the Syracuse Crunch, who go to the Northeast Division, who lost the Adirondack Phantoms. The new Glens Falls team, the Adirondack Flames, slip into the Western Conference, where the likes of the Utica Comets and Rochester Americans are.

Should be a good year in this Division. Wilkes-Barre, Binghamton, Hershey and Norfolk are all good teams. The Phantoms haven’t been relevant since their days in Philadelphia, but maybe a new building, city and fan base will do them good.

Oh, no changes to the playoff format this year. It’s still best-of-five in the first round and best-of-seven after that. There was talk about making the first two rounds of best-of-five, but that didn’t happen this year.

Some parting notes, Brian Gibbons signed with the Columbus blue jackets and G Eddie Pasquale signed his qualifying offer with the Washington Capitals / Hershey Bears, who also added Tim Kennedy re-signed Kris Newbury. Alex Grant re-signed with Binghamton. Brad Thiessen signed with the Calgary Flames. Then there there is this read about restocking we’ll spare his roster from the papers in Pittsburgh. Finally, Pittsburgh announced it’s having their prospect camp for July 15 through the 19th. I already updated the 2014 Offseason Moves List to reflect the Gibbons defection to CBJ.

So that’s about it. More updates on the blog as the summer wears.

P.S. Can I come swim in your pool?

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