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Hardware handout

Hardware handout

by Patrick Williams - April 3, 2010 9:55 AM EDT

The AHL decided on its first- and second-team all-stars this week and some great performances were recognized.
The American League began handing out its regular season hardware and the Hershey Bears already have their hands full.   Hershey placed three players on the AHL's all-star teams and another player on the league's all-rookie list.


Affiliation shuffle

Affiliation shuffle

by Patrick Williams - March 27, 2010 10:00 AM EDT

Syracuse agrees with Anaheim and Springfield with Columbus as the AHL starts to take shape for another season.
The makeover of the American League continues. The Springfield Falcons and Syracuse Crunch both found new NHL partners, answering at least two more questions as to how the AHL will look for the 2010-11 season and beyond.


Getting settled in

Getting settled in

by Patrick Williams - March 20, 2010 10:25 AM EDT

Friming up affiliations for next season; Eberle to Springfield; exploding crowds; and more.
The pieces of the American League map for next season are beginning to fall in place, though where and how they will fall still remains to be seen.


Effect of the NHL trade deadline

Effect of the NHL trade deadline

by Patrick Williams - March 6, 2010 11:40 AM EST

The NHL's wheeling and dealing had players moving in the American League as well.
The impact of the NHL trade deadline on the American League goes mostly unnoticed in the hockey world. But NHL GMs’ moves this week gave new shape to the Calder Cup playoff race.


Stretch-drive report

Stretch-drive report

by Patrick Williams - February 27, 2010 10:05 AM EST

There's sure to be plenty of shuffling in the standings and on rosters as the Olympics end and the NHL trade deadline passes.
The American League is heading into the final quarter of the season amid a crush of activity. Several AHL clubs are getting players back from national teams that were eliminated early in Olympic competition.


Olympic representation

Olympic representation

by Patrick Williams - February 20, 2010 10:05 AM EST

A number of current AHLers and a plethora of league alumni are taking part in the Games in Vancouver.
The NHL and Europe's top leagues own most of the Olympic personnel on display in Vancouver, but the American League is contributing a portion of the talent as well.


Up and down prospects

Up and down prospects

by Patrick Williams - February 13, 2010 10:30 AM EST

We take a look at three players who have seen their stock rise or fall this season.
Prospects climb and fall on NHL depth charts throughout the course of the season. Here are three American Leaguers whose play has led to their stock rising or falling through this AHL season's opening four months.


Trade deadline preview

Trade deadline preview

by Patrick Williams - February 6, 2010 10:35 AM EST

Three players who could be on the move prior to the American League's roster freeze.
Trade talk exploded this week in NHL circles when the Maple Leafs overhauled their roster and the Devils won the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes. The chatter will only intensify as the March 3 trade deadline moves closer.


Bears market

Bears market

by Patrick Williams - January 30, 2010 8:35 AM EST

The Capitals affiliate in Hershey is well on its way to a second straight Calder Cup - and perhaps the all-time AHL wins mark.
Can any team in the American League stop the Hershey Bears? Nothing is slowing the Bears these days and, barring a crush of injuries or player recalls to the Washington Capitals, perhaps nothing will prevent the Bears from defending their Calder Cup title.


Second-half preview

Second-half preview

by Patrick Williams - January 23, 2010 8:30 AM EST

Can the Bears become all-time greats? An Oklahoma Oil spill? Who's trade bait? And more.
The American League's first half is in the history books. With the AHL all-star break now concluded, clubs begin their push toward the Calder Cup playoffs.


First-half wrap

First-half wrap

by Patrick Williams - January 16, 2010 8:52 AM EST

Looking back at the season so far and selecting the top team, best goalie, MVP, rookie of the year and more.
The American League is chugging toward its mid-season point. Next week's AHL All-Star Classic will serve as a brief break for most players and coaches before clubs make their push to the Calder Cup playoffs.


Electric Ennis

Electric Ennis

by Patrick Williams - January 9, 2010 9:22 AM EST

After starting a little slow, Portland's Tyler Ennis has found chemistry with linemates Mike Mancari and Nathan Gerbe.
A cold New England chill blew through the loading area of the Dunkin' Donuts Center, home to the Providence Bruins, this past Sunday evening.


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