Archive for the ‘AHL’ Category

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The Anaheim Ducks will wait until the offseason to name a new head coach, but general manager Bob Murray already has a potential replacement in mind.

Dallas Eakins, the coach of the AHL affiliate San Diego Gulls, will be a “definite candidate,” Murray said Sunday, according to Eric Stephens of The Athletic.

The 51-year-old has coached the Gulls since their inception ahead of the 2015-16 season and has amassed a record of 143-86-20. The team holds a 25-15-5 record this year, good for third place in the Pacific Division.

Prior to his time with the Gulls, Eakins served as the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers from 2013 to 2014. He was fired midway through his second season with the team after it started 7-19-5.

In his other AHL coaching stint, Eakins amassed a record of 157-114-41 over four seasons with the Toronto Marlies, which was highlighted by an appearance in the Calder Cup Final in 2012.

The Ducks dismissed head coach Randy Carlyle on Sunday with the team enduring a stretch during which it has lost 19 of the last 21 contests.

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The Vancouver Canucks traded defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday in exchange for Luke Schenn and a 2020 seventh-round pick, the teams announced.

Del Zotto, 28, has appeared in just 23 games for the Canucks this season, recording one goal and three assists.

Schenn, meanwhile, has spent the majority of his 2018-19 campaign with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls, where the 29-year-old has chipped in 10 points.

The deal marks the Ducks’ second trade of the day, as they previously shipped forward Pontus Aberg to the Minnesota Wild for Justin Kloos.

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Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Thatcher Demko from the Utica Comets.

 

Demko, 23, has a record of 8-5-1 along with a .911 save percentage and 2.58 GAA in 16 games played with the Comets this season. The third-year netminder has appeared in 107 career games with the Comets, holding a record of 55-35-12, a 2.56 goals-against average, a .915 save percentage and three shutouts. Additionally, he won his lone NHL start last season, making 30 saves to help the Canucks defeat Columbus 5-4 on March 31.

The San Diego, California, native is the Comets all-time leader in career and single-season wins.

Vancouver Canucks prospect Olli Juolevi underwent knee surgery on Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season, the team announced.

The defenseman is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for training camp.

The Canucks medical staff determined that surgery was the best option for the 20-year-old’s long-term health.

Juolevi was selected fifth overall in the 2016 NHL Draft. He has yet to make his NHL debut, but has 13 points in 18 games with the AHL’s Utica Comets this season.

The Edmonton Oilers surprised some Saturday when they sent former first-round picks Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto to the AHL after the pair combined for just two goals and one assist to open the season.

Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli discussed the decision on Sunday.

“I think, broadly speaking, I’d like them to get more touches,” Chiarelli told Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun. “With Jesse, it’s about getting his confidence back. I thought he had a strong camp and it didn’t translate to the start of the season. You could see some of the frustration in his game, but having said that, there was some maturity in his game too, so we just have to build it back up a little bit. It’s easier to do that down there with more minutes and a little more latitude and margin for error.

“With Yamo, I thought he played pretty well as a complementary player. He was responsible, he supported things without the puck, he was good on the PK. We took him out of the game, he sat a little bit and it was confidence. For him, it’s about finishing, going down there and finishing his opportunities. He did have a lot of opportunities when he was up here and I didn’t want his confidence to struggle either.”

Puljujarvi, the 2016 fourth overall pick, has totaled 32 points in 49 career AHL games, compared to just 29 points in 104 NHL contests.

“He was disappointed,” Chiarelli said about Puljujarvi’s multiple trips between the big club and the Bakersfield Condors. “We’ve done it each year with him, he was disappointed.”

Yamamoto, the No. 22 pick in 2017, returned to the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs last year after a nine-game stint with the Oilers, so this will be his first taste of the AHL.

New York Islanders farmhand Josh Ho-Sang doesn’t think he was given a fair shake at cracking the big club out of camp this season.

Ho-Sang, who’s been vocal about his lack of opportunity with the Islanders in the past, believes New York’s new-look regime under Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz had its team predetermined in training camp.

“I felt like they had their minds made up on what was going to happen and what the team was going to look like,” Ho-Sang told Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post. “It’s OK. They had the whole summer to plan that. I don’t know if you watched any of the games, but I didn’t play a lot. It’s OK. It is what it is.”

Ho-Sang was drafted 28th overall by the Isles in 2014. While he possesses an NHL-level skill set, his commitment on both sides of the puck and actions off the ice have shaped his reputation as a player.

Even in the AHL, he’s not sure he’s being deployed properly.

“They tell me they want me to be a top-six forward up there, but I’m not a top-six forward down here, so it’s confusing,” he said. “Sometimes, it’s like you’re sprinting with a rubber band on. You constantly have tension. You run until you’re exhausted and then the band is going to pull you back. If I was going to say anything, it would be: Just watch. I’m just pointing it out.”

In nine games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season, Ho-Sang has recorded four assists. Over his NHL career, he’s amassed 22 points in 43 contests.

New York Islanders co-owner Charles Wang has died at the age of 74.

The former Computer Associates International founder died Sunday in Oyster Bay, N.Y., his attorney, John McEntee, told The Associated Press. No cause of death was announced.

Wang purchased the Islanders in 2000 and was the majority owner until the franchise was sold to Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky in 2016. He remained a minority owner and alternate governor until his death.

“His commitment to, and passion for, his beloved Islanders was matched by his dedication to, and support for, the Long Island community,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said about Wang in a statement. “As the NHL embarks on a journey to grow hockey in China, we do so with the appreciation and knowledge that it was Charles who was the vision and driving force at the forefront of developing the game in his native country.

“We also owe Charles a great debt of gratitude for all that he did in pioneering video streaming of our league so that hockey fans around the world could connect with the NHL.”

As owner of the Islanders, Wang was instrumental in keeping the franchise on Long Island. In 2009, he unveiled the Lighthouse Project, an initiative to redevelop the dated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and its surrounding area.

The Islanders ultimately moved to nearby Brooklyn in 2015 after the Lighthouse Project wasn’t granted public approval.