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AHL targets Feb. 5
The AHL announced Wednesday morning that they would be targeting a Feb. 5 start date.
In a statement, the AHL said the league’s board of governors had approved the date change and that they will continue “to work with its member clubs to monitor developments and local guidelines in all 31 league cities.”
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the league still has lots to work on including the issue of border crossing and scheduling games.
Border crossing remains a large hurdle, plus time required to develop and build an appropriate schedule. https://t.co/ypIZH8wumy
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 28, 2020
New Stars jerseys
The Dallas Stars have unveiled some…. interesting new jerseys. They don’t differ too much from their regular jerseys, but they feature a bright, bright, BRIGHT neon green colour across the jersey that honestly looks like there should be a Monster Energy logo on the front.
It also has a nice little star near the collar signifying Texas’ moniker of the lone star state. I’m not too big of a fan, but they’re not the worst jerseys I’ve ever seen.
Inspired by Dallas.
Designed for Texas. pic.twitter.com/iRgpjT02lP
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 28, 2020
Mitch Miller was scratched from many draft lists
The Phoenix Coyotes used their first draft pick this year in the fourth round to select Mitch Miller, a UND defenceman who has been mired in the media after reports of racist slurs and bullying uttered from him.
According to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, across the league roughly a third of teams, if not more, had removed Miller from their draft lists entirely.
Not only that, but Seravalli says he could still be on the USA roster for the World Juniors.
In recent days we’ve seen the Arizona Coyotes and the University of North Dakota show their support for Miller but what does that mean in terms of his chances to represent Team USA at the World Junior Championship? Miller was part of their most recent evaluation camp, and I’m told he remains a candidate to represent Team USA in Edmonton over the holidays. A USA Hockey official told me today that they had been well aware of Miller’s past conduct and his behavior is indeed reprehensible. They feel that no kid should go through what Isaiah Meyer-Crothers has gone through, but at the same time, USA Hockey feels that there should be a path for all kids to make their way back.
Galchenyuk signs with Sens
UFA Alex Galchenyuk has inked a one-year contract with the Ottawa Senators. The deal will pay him $1.05-m.
Galchenyuk has struggled to find a home in the NHL over the last few seasons and his agent, Pat Brisson, said the player was excited about hte opportunity to prove himself.
“It’s one of the most exciting contracts I’ve done in a while,” Brisson told Postmedia in a telephone interview Wednesday. “I’m not talking about the term or the money, but we’re talking about a young, passionate player. It’s never easy for a player to switch teams, not only once, twice, but three teams in a one year.
“A lot of things happen in these times: You either put your hands up and kind of give up or you roll up your sleeves and kind of look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘How can I be better so it doesn’t happen again?’ The reason I’m passionate is because working with him for a few years I’ve seen in the last few months how he was able to cope with what’s occurred to him.
“He’s always been a hard working person but now he’s realized it’s important for him to work on certain aspects of his game. His training has always been good and it’s been fantastic this summer. I’m excited for him and I’m excited for Ottawa. They made a good bet on this kid. He’s only 26, he’s not 32.” Ottawa Sun.
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