AHL Quick Fire

By: Julien Quincou

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A new team for next season

Starting next season, there will be a new team in the AHL, the Colorado Eagles. As you may have guessed, this new team will be affiliated with the Colorado Avalanche. It will be the first time since 1936 that the AHL will have 31 team.

This decision was discussed and approved by the Board of Governors’ meeting, back in July. The Colorado Eagles were created in 2003 and were part of the Central Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League, winning three championships. The San Antonio Rampage, who served as the Avalanche as top affiliate have agreed to a new partnership with the St-Louis Blues that will take effect in time for the 2017-2018 season.

CCM Player Of The Week

Charlotte Checkers forward, Warren Foegele has been named the CCM player of the week in the AHL’s first week of action. A third round draft pick in 2014 for the Carolina Hurricanes, Foegele pro career is off to a great start. The youngster scored four goals in two games, including 2 game-winner and 2 shorthanded goals. He is tied for the lead in goals scored with 4.

Trade excitement

There has been two trades that will surely affect the AHL landscape this past week:

- The Philadelphia Flyers and Anaheim Ducks have switched goaltenders. Dustin Tokarski will play for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the San Diego Gulls have received Leland Irving. The latter never developed in the goaltender the Calgary Flames hoped for, when they selected him in the first round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

- The Vegas Golden Knights snatched G Malcom Subban from the Boston Bruins and its affiliate the Providence Bruins, when they claimed him off waivers.

- The Golden Knights then traded G Calvin Pickard to the Toronto Maple Leafs for F Tobias Lindberg and a 6th round draft pick in 2018. Lindberg played 44 games for the Marlies last season, collecting 6 goals and 10 assists. The 22 year-old was drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 draft by Ottawa.