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AHL Today: Kirill Gotovets signs with Rockford

AHL Today: Kirill Gotovets signs with Rockford

The Rockford IceHogs have signed defenseman Kirill Gotovets to an AHL contract for the 2014-15 season. Gotovets has spent the last four seasons with Cornell University, scoring 19 points in 112 games throughout those four seasons. The 23-year old was drafted in 2009 by the Tampa Bay Lightning as the 183rd overall pick in the 7th round.

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AHL Today: Colorado Avalanche re-sign Joey Hishon

AHL Today: Colorado Avalanche re-sign Joey Hishon

A part of the Lake Erie Monsters offense was re-signed by the Colorado Avalanche, as Joey Hishon was re-signed to a one-year, two-way contract. Hishon is slated to make $67,500 in the AHL, the same as his recently-expired ELC. On the NHL side, he would make $850,500, a $49,500 cut from his ELC.

Hishon had an interruption to the start of his professional career in 2011-12, having to sit out the entire season due to a concussion. In 2012-13, Hishon was only able to participate in nine games with the Lake Erie Monsters, scoring a goal and five assists.

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AHL Today: AJ Jenks signs with ECHL Toledo

AHL Today: AJ Jenks signs with ECHL Toledo

As ECHL signings begin to roll out, the Toledo Walleye announced that they have signed AJ Jenks to a contract. Jenks, a 2008 4th round pick of the Florida Panthers, has spent the last two seasons splitting time between the Charlotte Checkers and the Florida Everblades. Prior to his stint with the Checkers, Jenks spent an entire season with the Rochester Americans before moving to the San Antonio Rampage when the Panthers switched their affiliations.

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Thunder To Relocate D-League 66ers to OKC

Thunder To Relocate D-League 66ers to OKC

News came out today that the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder are relocating their Development League franchise in Tulsa to OKC. The 66ers have spent the last two seasons in the SpiritBank Center in nearby Bixby, Oklahoma. Officials were recently informed that the arena was no longer going to lease the facility to the team, prompting the move. Multiple sources have the Thunder talking to the city to have the team play out of the Cox Convention Center, current home of the Oklahoma City Barons.

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Rocky Thompson Promoted To NHL Assistant With Oilers

Rocky Thompson Promoted To NHL Assistant With Oilers

One of the good guys (who was an on-ice “bad” guy) in the coaching game, Rocky Thompson, has been promoted from assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Barons to the third assistant alongside Dallas Eakins with the Edmonton Oilers. Known for his grizzly ways as a player, Thompson has blossomed into one heckuva “X’s” and “O’s” type coach who mostly watches Oklahoma City Barons games from the press box. For all the gushing I do over Todd Nelson, the two assistants who have worked alongside him for the first four seasons of AHL play in OKC are equally as capable and highly sought after.

Typical gamedays were spent with Gerry Fleming and Todd Nelson behind the bench. There were times where all three were behind the crowded player pine, but those times were rare. However, when Thompson was rinkside he was known for donning a fedora of masculine proportions. A nod, most likely, to his colorful tendencies of old.

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Tyler Pitlick & Curtis Hamilton Re-Signed, Protection Is Important

Tyler Pitlick & Curtis Hamilton Re-Signed, Protection Is Important

Following Andrew Miller’s resigning only hours prior, our attention shifted towards Tyler Pitlick and Curtis Hamilton. Issued qualifying offers, and likely “spreading their wings” just a bit, they eventually re-signed with the Edmonton Oilers for another season. Both have struggled to stay health in their early careers. For Hamilton it’s the knees, and for Pitlick it’s the shoulder. There is still a bit of a question mark attached to both players for the very reason mentioned in the previous sentence – health. So why re-sign these fellas?

Tyler Pitlick has only had one pro season (in three outings) where he played over 50+ games. That was his rookie season, and arguably a dandy of a first outing. This past season both Eakins and MacTavish liked him coming out of camp, but injury sidelined him quickly. His return to the farm was pretty impressive notching 22 points in 39 games. Not mind-bending for a third year pro, but a step in the right direction. His re-signing is a coin flip, but a less risky one than that of Curtis Hamilton.

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