How good is Joe Thornton? Ask Devin Setoguchi

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Around the time Jonathan Cheechoo’s career started taking a step back, a new young gun arrived for the San Jose Sharks. It was part of what you can call the Joe Thornton effect, if you’d like. Now, just six seasons after a 31-goal year, Devin Setoguchi is without a place in the NHL.

On Wednesday, the Calgary Flames waived the 27-year-old Setoguchi. On Thursday, he cleared waivers and was officially demoted to the American League’s Adirondack Flames. It’s his first time back in the AHL since 2007-08 and when he’ll be back in the NHL, it’s hard to say. Read more

Injury to Blues’ Brian Elliott puts Jake Allen in the spotlight earlier than expected

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After an injury to starting goaltender Brian Elliott, it’s Jake Allen’s time to step up for the St. Louis Blues.

The injury to Elliott, which has only been specified as a lower body injury that will keep him out of the lineup on a week-to-week basis, forces Allen into the spotlight much earlier than many had expected. Read more

A fractured relationship could cost the Chicago Blackhawks prospect Teuvo Teravainen

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Late last season – March 25, to be exact – Teuvo Teravainen debuted for the Chicago Blackhawks. Though he is the most highly touted prospect in the organization since the arrival of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, Teravainen only stuck around for three games.

After playing those few games for the Blackhawks, Teravainen found a seat on the sidelines. Little more than a week later, after being scratched for four consecutive games, he was demoted to the American League’s Rockford Ice Hogs. Teravainen hasn’t been back since. As the wait for his shot back with the big club gets longer, the more it feels like there’s trouble in prospect paradise for the Blackhawks. Read more

Hockey history made at American League game Saturday night

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Opening faceoff of the Frozen Dome Classic (Dave Kliment)

When the Frozen Dome Classic was announced it seemed like a stretch that the Syracuse Crunch could break the US hockey indoor attendance record of 28,183 set by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

On Saturday night, not only did the Crunch break the record, they smashed it.

With a grand total of 30,715 fans inside Syracuse’s Carrier Dome, the home of the NCAA’s Syracuse Orange basketball team, the Crunch now single-handedly own the US record for indoor hockey attendance. Read more

AHL announces Hall of Fame inductees for 2015

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Bronco Horvath (top left), Frederic Cassivi (top right), James C. Hendy (bottom left), and Art Stratton (bottom right) are the AHL Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

While the stars of the American League may not be as synonymous with the game as the Gretzkys or the Howes, they deserve to be honored just the same. Local heroes who did it all for their small town teams, the AHL announced Frederic Cassivi, James C. Hendy, Bronco Horvath, and Art Stratton as 2015 Hall of Fame class.

In the modern era, it’s incredibly difficult for a goaltender to earn the continual faith of organizations while never making the jump to the NHL. That’s exactly what Frederic Cassivi did. Cassivi, who played 12 seasons in the AHL, was one of the most successful netminders of his time, with his best season coming during the NHL lockout campaign of 2004-05. In 46 appearances that season, Cassivi posted a 2.07 goals against average and .924 save percentage, helping lead the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks to the Division Finals of the Calder Cup playoffs. Read more

Rocco Grimaldi double dips, plays in AHL, NHL in the same day

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Rocco Grimaldi

In the span of 11 hours, Florida Panthers winger Rocco Grimaldi played in two games in different leagues, covered 1,350 miles on a three-hour flight, crossed over an entire time zone, and suited up for his fifth career NHL game. Not a bad Tuesday for the 21-year-old prospect.

It all began at 10:30 a.m. (8:30 PST) in San Antonio as the Rampage, Florida’s American League affiliate, hosted the Oklahoma City Barons for their fifth annual Cool School Day. The game, which begins early and serves to host kids from around the region, would be the saving grace for the Panthers and allow Grimaldi to take part in both an AHL and NHL game in the same day. Read more

‘Buzz kill’ dry scrape gets scrapped by GMs

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Dry scrape (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

When the NHL announced it would be adopting a dry scrape of the ice before the overtime period, it flew in the face of all the gains it had made since the 2004-05 lockout. Ever since then, the league had been obsessed with the flow of the game and keeping things moving along. Then to try to reduce the number of shootouts, it ground everything to a complete halt with the dry scrape.

Well, the scrape was scrapped yesterday when the GMs voted unanimously to get rid of it. The new rule, which will see two Zambonis replaced by good, old man and woman power behind shovels, will come into effect for Saturday’s game, meaning the dry scrape was an experiment that will have lasted a total of 294 games. Read more