Chirps from Center Ice

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Clark Finds Taylor With a Nikkel in the Forrest

Today, the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins filled out their coaching staff for the 2016-17 season.

Chris Taylor and J.D. Forrest join Clark Donatelli behind the bench as assistant coaches. In addition, Coal Street announced the hire of Madison Nikkel as video coach.

Release here with information on each. Taylor comes over from Rochester where he was an assistant coach with Amerks after he retired. Forrest coached in Austria last season and was an assistant with the U.S. National Team Developmental Program in 2014-15. Nikkel comes from the college ranks, recently with Boston College.

Wait a second, what happened to Jay Leach…

So there is that.

One other thing that I saw across the Coal Street media platforms I will leave you with…

You'll be seeing a bit of this guy at the arena this year.

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I have no idea. They didn’t explain.

Schedule for the 2016-17 AHL season will be out a few days after the NBA schedule is out later this month. Here’s a preview: Hershey and Lehigh Valley 12 times, everyone else in the division a couple times, a few games with the North Division teams here and there and nothing scheduled against any Western Conference teams.

Enjoy your August.

3 responses to “Clark Finds Taylor With a Nikkel in the Forrest

  1. Road Razor. August 2, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Road Rash? This is brings me back to the “New York Mets name the donkey” contest back in the 70’s.

  2. CyGuy August 2, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I know they want to minimize travel but 12 times! If they made it just 10 then we could maybe see Bingo twice. And,uh, Road Rage?!?! Roadie? Tux, watch your back.

  3. CyGuy August 2, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    If this means Mark Recchi spends less time in W-B, it might be a mistake. His contribution last season was… unmistakable!