Report: Penguins’ AHL coach John Hynes candidate for Devils job

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John Hynes (via Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins/YouTube)

Former Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma may have inked a deal to become the new bench boss of the Buffalo Sabres, but it appears there may still be a Penguins reunion of sorts in New Jersey.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Devils have trimmed down their list of coaching candidates and GM Ray Shero, the former GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins, may have pegged Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach John Hynes as the leading candidate for the job behind New Jersey’s bench. Read more

Jacob Markstrom makes unbelievable paddle save in AHL Western Conference final

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Jacob Markstrom (Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

Heading into Game 5 of the AHL’s Western Conference final, the series between the Utica Comets and Grand Rapids Griffins was tied 2-2, but the Comets had the opportunity to put the Griffins on the brink of elimination with a victory. And with the series set to shift back to Utica for Game 6, that’s exactly what the Comets — and the stick of Jacob Markstrom — did.

With the Comets in control of the game early thanks to first-period tallies from Wacey Hamilton, Hunter Shinkaruk and Bobby Sanguinetti, it looked like Game 5 was firmly in Utica’s grasp. Though Griffins right winger Mark Zengerle had broken up the Comets’ scoring and had Grand Rapids within two, the two-goal spread gave Utica some insurance.

If it weren’t for Markstrom, however, Griffins blueliner Ryan Sproul would have made the contest much closer. Less than five minutes into the second period, Markstrom made a reaching stick save to deny Sproul’s shot at a nearly wide-open net. Check it out: Read more

Senators’ AHL coach Luke Richardson not likely to move this off-season

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Luke Richardson (via Binghamton Senators/YouTube)

When there’s a coaching vacancy in the NHL, Binghamton Senators bench boss Luke Richardson’s name is often brought up, but it appears he’ll be back in the AHL for at least one more season.

According to a report from the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, Richardson has been offered a new contract that would keep the former NHL blueliner in the AHL. Some believed that the coaching gig in Buffalo, which has ties to Ottawa through GM Tim Murray who was formerly an assistant GM with the Senators, was the most likely landing spot should Richardson make the jump to the big leagues. With former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma being named the Sabres’ new coach, however, it appears Richardson’s options may have dried up. Read more

AHL’s IceCaps unveil logo, go bleu, blanc et rouge as Canadiens’ new affiliate

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The St. John's IceCaps' new logo (via St. John's IceCaps)

After four seasons as the Winnipeg Jets top affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps are set to become the AHL club for the Montreal Canadiens next season. As such, the team was going to need a new logo and they unveiled their latest crest at a press conference Thursday.

The new logo – which, aside from the color scheme, hasn’t changed – features the primary colors of the Canadiens, the famous blue, white and red that Montreal has worn throughout the club’s existence. Read more

Manchester Monarchs advance to Calder Cup final with conference final sweep

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Zach O'Brien and the Manchester Monarchs celebrate (via Streamable/AHL)

While the NHL post-season is staring down two crucial Game 7s to determine who will play for the Stanley Cup, the Los Angeles Kings’ AHL affiliate Manchester Monarchs simply walked through the Hartford Wolf Pack in four straight games to move on to play for the Calder Cup.

It’s not shocking, however, that the Monarchs are going to play for the league’s top trophy. After all, in the regular season, there was no team better than Manchester, who racked up 109 points for top spot in the AHL and were the only team this season not to lose at least 20 games in regulation. Read more

Detroit prospect Larkin nets two goals in second pro game, helps Griffins tie AHL Western final

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Dylan Larkin (via Grand Rapids Griffins/YouTube)

Well, that was fast.

Detroit Red Wings top prospect Dylan Larkin waited all of two games to get his name on the professional score sheet and he did so with two goals – the first two professional goals of his career – as the Grand Rapids Griffins downed the Utica Comets 4-2 and tied the AHL Western Conference final 1-1.

Larkin, who has generated significant buzz as one of Detroit’s next great prospects, signed his first professional contract, an entry-level deal, last Thursday. He suited up for his first professional game Sunday evening. And by Monday, he was taking home first star honors as the Griffins move one win closer to their second Calder Cup final in three seasons. Read more

Anton Slepyshev wants to leave KHL to join Edmonton Oilers

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Anton Slepyshev (via KHL/YouTube)

The Edmonton Oilers are going to have at least one first-overall selection in their lineup next season in Connor McDavid, but they could have another, as 2011 KHL first-overall pick Anton Slepyshev has told Salavat Yuleav Ufa GM’s Leonid Vaisfeld he wishes to play in North America next season.

According to Igor Eronko of Sports.ru, Slepyshev informed Vaisfeld of his interest in playing for the Oilers in 2015-16. Vaisfeld said Salavat Yulaev, who lost in the first round of the KHL post-season, would like to keep Slepyshev for at least one more season and that the club has made him a contract offer. Read more

Watch vicious boarding penalty from Game 1 of AHL Western Conference final

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It appears as if Grand Rapids Griffins center Louis-Marc Aubry is going to be suiting up for Game 2 of the Western Conference final against the Utica Comets, but that might be hard to believe after watching the hit from behind he laid on defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti.

Aubry was charging into the Comets’ zone late in the third period of Sunday’s Game 1 between Grand Rapids and Utica, catching up to Sanguinetti as he turned back to retrieve the puck. Almost at the moment Aubry caught Sanguinetti, the defenseman went to put on the brakes and turn back the other way and Aubry followed through with a hit that flattened Sanguinetti: Read more