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St. John’s IceCaps 2014 Calder Cup Finals Preview

What better way to cap off a long season for the St. John’s IceCaps than to take even longer plane rides in hopes of eventually bringing home the Calder Cup. The fourth-seeded IceCaps will travel to and from Texas to take on the first-seeded Stars in the Calder Cup Finals, after defeating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5-0 in a deciding Game 6. Since the Ice …

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Lightning Re-sign Mike Angelidis

As of Thursday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed on forward Mike Angelidis for another year. Angelidis, who served as captain for the AHL-affiliate Syracuse Crunch this season, will be fighting for a spot with the big club during training camp. Here is the official release from the Crunch’s website: TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Mike …

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Syracuse Crunched in Home Elimination Game

Just like that, it was all over. After the most successful season in franchise history, the Syracuse Crunch fell just short of their first Calder Cup championship in their first appearance. The Tampa Bay Lightning also narrowly missed having their AHL affiliate crowned champion for the second consecutive season. It was a valiant effort by the Crunch, in what was …

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Crunch in Danger Entering Game 3 of Calder Cup Finals

Before Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals, the Syracuse Crunch had lost just one game throughout the entire AHL postseason. Not only that, the Crunch hadn’t lost back-to-back games since April 9 and 12. Following Sunday night’s 6-4 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins, however, the Crunch have now lost back-to-back games and face the threat of elimination with …

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Tyler Johnson Named AHL Most Valuable Player

For the second straight year, a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization has been named the American Hockey League Most Valuable Player. The AHL announced on Friday afternoon that Syracuse Crunch center Tyler Johnson has been named the 2012-2013 MVP. Former Bolt Cory Conacher won the Les Cunningham Award last year on the Calder Cup champion Norfolk Admirals. “I’m …

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Flurry of Monday Moves Leaves Mikkelson a Casualty

In not so stunning news, Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Brendan Mikkelson is headed back to Syracuse. Bolts general manager Steve Yzerman announced on Monday that Mikkelson, a frequent healthy scratch for coach Guy Boucher, has cleared waivers and will return to the Lightning’s American Hockey League-affiliate Syracuse Crunch. Mikkelson has played in just four games for Tampa Bay this season, …

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Lightning Swap Minor-League Goaltenders

The Tampa Bay Lightning made a move late Thursday morning to bolster the goaltending depth for its American Hockey League-affiliate Syracuse Crunch, according to vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman. Tampa Bay traded slumping goaltender Dustin Tokarski, a 2008 Lightning draft pick, to the Hamilton Bulldogs (affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens) for goaltender Cedrick Desjardins. Yzerman believes Desjardins, 27, …

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Whale Watching

It hasn’t been the best season for the Connecticut Whale. For a franchise that has only missed the AHL Playoffs once in its existence (1997-98 was their first season), 4th in your division and 12th in the conference isn’t where you want to be around early January. But with the end of the NHL lockout on the horizon, some on …

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What The End Of The Lockout Means For The Phantoms

Happiness fills the entire hockey community as the NHL lockout ends, but for certain teams like the Phantoms, a troubling season just became more troubling. When the Phantoms lose Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier and Erik Gustafsson to the Flyers sometime this week, their top point scorer will have only 13 points, thirty-three games into the season. The Phantoms find themselves …

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New Year’s Solution

The beginning of a new year is always a time for optimism. Everyone makes a pact with themselves that the new year will be a better year full of hope and promise. New Year’s resolutions are made, followed, and then – let’s be honest – completely forgotten about. For the Adirondack Phantoms, 2012 hasn’t been a year of optimism and …

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