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Playoff picture

Playoff picture

by Patrick Williams - March 24, 2011 5:10 PM EDT

We take a look at the West's tight North Division and breakdown the chances for each team to make the post-season.
Nobody ever said reaching the Calder Cup playoffs was an easy endeavor. Just two weeks before the end of the regular season, the American League’s playoff picture is as muddled as it has been in recent memory.


Tight playoff races

Tight playoff races

by Patrick Williams - March 17, 2011 4:23 PM EDT

There are plenty of story lines to follow as the race for post-season play heats up in the development league.
The American League playoff push is in full swing. Only eight clubs in the AHL’s 30-team contingent could firmly be considered solid bets to miss the playoffs, as the league is enjoying its closest playoff race in recent memory.


Looking at the playoff drive

Looking at the playoff drive

by Patrick Williams - March 10, 2011 3:15 PM EST

With Clear Day behind us, the AHL playoff races take off in a stampede to the finish line.
Only a month remains in the American League’s regular season. The NHL trade deadline has passed, Clear Day rosters are set and clubs are now making their final push toward a playoff spot.


Closing in on Clear Day

Closing in on Clear Day

by Patrick Williams - March 3, 2011 4:19 PM EST

The impact the NHL trade deadline had on some AHL teams as the farm league's Clear Day nears.
While you’re waiting for the big blockbuster on trade deadline day you may not be thinking of the ramifications the wheeling and dealing has on the American League; but it just might have as much impact on the AHL playoff race as it does on the NHL chase.


Western trade implications

Western trade implications

by Patrick Williams - February 24, 2011 3:43 PM EST

As the NHL trade deadline and AHL Clear Day nears, we look West to how the two dates could affect playoff races.
The NHL trade deadline is just four days away and the American League’s Clear Day that sets AHL rosters follows just a week later on March 7 at 3 p.


Eastern trade implications

Eastern trade implications

by Patrick Williams - February 17, 2011 3:31 PM EST

As the NHL trade deadline and AHL Clear Day nears, we look at a few teams and how any movement will affect their season.
The Calder Cup playoffs begin in two months, but American League clubs are already in preparation mode. The NHL trade deadline on Feb. 28 will be followed a week later by the AHL's Clear Day deadline.


Wednesday's trade implications

Wednesday's trade implications

by Patrick Williams - February 10, 2011 3:40 PM EST

Not only did the plethora of mid-week trades that went down affect NHL team fortunes, but it will also ripple into the AHL.
The NHL trade deadline is on the horizon, but American League players are already on the move. Three trades involving prospects with AHL implications went into the books Wednesday, with the NHL trade deadline still 18 days away.


Stories to follow

Stories to follow

by Patrick Williams - February 3, 2011 3:14 PM EST

As the farm league teams get prepared for the stretch drive, we prepare you with story lines to watch unfold.
The month of February will set up the American League's playoff stretch drive. AHL clubs face a busy month that will be capped off by the NHL trade deadline Feb.


Former Capital finally finds home

Former Capital finally finds home

by Patrick Williams - January 27, 2011 4:05 PM EST

Quintin Laing was out of pro hockey as the season started, but his patience paid off and he's now a captain in the AHL.
The past year in Quintin Laing's hockey life took him from the NHL to the ECHL and finally to the American League. Geographically speaking, the journey featured stops in Washington, D.


Looking ahead to all-star weekend

Looking ahead to all-star weekend

by Patrick Williams - January 20, 2011 4:35 PM EST

Not everybody playing in the All-Star Game was a high NHL draft pick, but they've all left their mark in the AHL.
You don’t have to be a blue-chip NHL draft prospect to have success at the professional level. A draft-day photo can bode well for future pro success, but playing in Europe and being far removed from the shine of the North American spotlight, or taking a detour to the ECHL doesn’t have to impede pro success, either.


Bears in tough to win third Cup

Bears in tough to win third Cup

by Patrick Williams - January 13, 2011 3:45 PM EST

After an off-season arms race, the two-time defending champs are contenders, but face an uphill battle.
If the Hershey Bears manage to become the first American League club since 1962 to win three consecutive Calder Cups, it would be the most impressive championship of their trifecta.


MacIntyre crowded in Chicago

MacIntyre crowded in Chicago

by Patrick Williams - January 6, 2011 3:20 PM EST

Chicago's three-goalie tandem is becoming too much for this AHL veteran, who would be better served with a trade out of town.
On paper, at least, the partnership between the Chicago Wolves and veteran goaltender Drew MacIntyre should work. But, after finishing first in the West in 2009-10, the union has sputtered this season as both goaltender and team have struggled and the future of the Wolves-MacIntyre relationship seems questionable, at best.


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