Chirps from Center Ice

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

The Calm Before the Board

Good news you guys, the AHL Free Agent Big Board is, for all intents and purposes, done.

– Full list of Unrestricted Free Agents? Check.

– Full list of Restricted Free Agents? Check.

– Capsules on every Free Agent? Through the efforts of many, check!

– Full list of Restricted Free Agents tendered qualifying offers? No. A good majority of teams announced theirs before 5 p.m. today. Teams that I do not have full information on are as follows, Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks.

– A Top 100? Check.

Everything that is left is just taking the Top 100 from paper to online in a table then taking the 250+ names not listed in the Top 100 and alphabetizing by last name. I did that last year manually and it was a real pain and took me a half a day to do. Not this year. I was able to search the internet on how to alphabetize a list on a spreadsheet. I tinkered with it Sunday night on a small sample size and it worked. So that means that at some point tomorrow, the 2016 Top 100 AHL Big Board and Beyond will be out at some point. I am going to gun for 5 p.m. If, it goes later than that, I may push it to no later than 8 Tuesday or if push come to shove, noon Wednesday.

So stay tuned. This was a massive project that came together rather quickly this year.

There was news affecting Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Monday, so let’s get to that.

Tim Erixon re-signed with Pittsburgh. A one year, two way deal. Erixon was a pending RFA, and was part of the “Black Aces” crew that was called up to Pittsburgh after Wilkes-Barre’s season ended at the hands of the Hershey Bears in Game 7 of the Atlantic Division Finals in May. I took that as a positive sign and it panned out for Erixon who will be looking to crack Pittsburgh’s lineup in the fall.

Dominik Uher was the only other RFA tendered a qualifying offer. Uher has signed a deal with a team in his native Czech Republic. The Pens did this proactively to retain Uher’s North American rights.

Tyler Biggs, James Melindy, Dan O’Donoghue, Mattias Plachta, Harrison Ruopp, Justin Schultz and Anton Zlobin were not tendered offers and all are free agents. Biggs was a walking M*A*S*H unit, couldn’t ever stay healthy. Melindy and O’Donaghue were throw ins for Dustin Jeffrey in the trade with Arizona and never played a game for Wilkes-Barre. Plachta was a bit of a surprise, I thought he caught on a bit with the change of scenery. Ruopp was a dime a dozen ECHL also-ran that never made an impact to stick. Schultz may re-sign with Pittsburgh in a restructured deal and Anton Zlobin has a KHL tryout lined up.

Coal Street announced their first new player signing of the offseason.

Depending on how he does in camp, he could be a player that sticks in Wilkes-Barre. 95 points and a +60 isn’t anything to ignore. So it’s worth watching. If not, Wheeling has themselves a hell of a player.

I’ll update my woefully outdated 2016 Offseason Moves List in a bit. In fact, it may be updated by the time you read this.

So big board tomorrow or Wednesday. Check back often.

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