Sabres’ defenseman Mark Pysyk released from hospital after collapsing during basketball game

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Mark Pysyk (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

Mark Pysyk is, “doing well,” following a health scare early Saturday.

While taking part in a pick-up basketball game, Pysyk collapsed, reported Kevin Oklobzija of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. The health scare came one day after the Buffalo Sabres demoted him to the AHL’s Americans.

While the AHL does not make available ice time for individual skaters, Pysyk did skate in Friday night’s 4-3 loss to the Marlies. Read more

Is this Ryan Spooner’s last chance to impress the Boston Bruins?

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Boston's Ryan Spooner (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Mobbed by reporters after the morning skate on Tuesday, Ryan Spooner walked into the spotlight. David Krejci would be missing at least a month of action due to an MCL tear in his knee and with the Bruins tenuously holding on to a playoff spot, wins were of the utmost importance.

Spooner, who has now appeared in 34 NHL games spread over three seasons, was well aware of the stakes.

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The Bakersfield Condors will make their AHL debut in 2015-16

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An actual condor escaped its handler at a Bakersfield Condors game, landing on the home team's bench before leaving the ice. (via YouTube)

The Bakersfield Condors will fly again next season.

Prior to Wednesday night’s game between the Condors and the Idaho Steelheads, Bakersfield had announced they would be unveiling their team name for the 2015-16 season when they shift from the ECHL to the AHL’s newly founded Pacific Division.

Speculation was the team would take on a new name. However, like the Ontario Reign, the Condors announced the team name would stay the same, much to the delight of fans in Bakersfield. Of course, the most fun team in minor professional hockey had to give it a light-hearted spin, too. Read more

Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate to be named San Diego Gulls

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San Diego Gulls AHL featured

When it was announced Anaheim’s AHL team was moving from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego, Calif., talk immediately began about what the club would be named.

Sunday afternoon, it appears San Diego hockey fans have gotten their answer: the relocated team will take on the Gulls name, paying tribute to the longstanding tradition of area hockey teams being given that moniker. Read more

Ilya Bryzgalov waived by Ducks – is this the end of his career?

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Anaheim Ducks Ilya Bryzgalov

The NHL may have seen the last of Ilya Bryzgalov.

Sunday afternoon, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Anaheim Ducks have placed Bryzgalov on waivers and, if he clears, he will be demoted to the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals. The news comes as a surprise after goaltender Frederik Andersen missed the Ducks road trip into Western Canada.

With Bryzgalov having an extremely subpar season between the pipes for the Ducks, there’s a good chance this is his last run in the NHL. Read more

Chaotic line brawl breaks out in AHL game resulting in nearly 200 penalty minutes

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Fans in Hershey, Pa., on Saturday saw seven goals, four goaltenders and nearly 200 penalty minutes in a game that turned into mayhem late in the second period.

The contest between the hometown Hershey Bears and visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers got out of hand with less than five minutes left in the second frame, and tempers really flared when Tigers winger Brett Gallant went after Bears winger Chris Brown as he was headed into the penalty box. Read more

Mackenzie Skapski gets first NHL start, Matt Moulson scores on him 14 seconds in

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Mackenzie Skapski (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

This time last season, Mackenzie Skapski was part of the WHL’s Kootenay Ice, coming off a 40-save win the night before. Oh, how things can change in a year.

For Friday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, Skapski, a sixth-round (170th) pick of the New York Rangers in 2013, got the call for the Blueshirts. It’s hard to blame the 20-year-old for having to deal with some nerves, but he certainly didn’t have the start he wanted. Fourteen seconds into the game, the Rangers turned the puck over following a faceoff and it ended up on the stick of Matt Moulson. Read more