Discussion in 'New York Rangers' started by nyr2k2, Mar 11, 2020.
Lettieri, too, has a rumor to be moving to the NLA....
Even if there is an AHL schedule next season, you have to wonder if the talent will be so diluted that it just doesn't hold its own as a developmental option.
Really depends on how saturated the European leagues get from all the players going overseas, but yeah I'm not feeling great about it.
there are a limited number of spots for guys to go to europe. not everyone will have that option
If this means Rangers legend Dale Weise* will come and play in the Netherlands again, these are pretty exciting times.
*48 points in 19 games. And he was playing with his eyes closed.
They are targeting a December 4th start of the regular season. That, of course is subject to change.
I do think there was some pressure to establish a (preliminary) start date so that those guys who were in limbo for next season at least have something to go on from the AHL in making a decision on where to play.
I just don't understand how it will be financially feasible to run the AHL if there are no fans and still have the money it'll take to enhance social distancing and create a bubble. Unlike the NHL are they really going to have the resources to test and quarantine and bubble? And travel in a safe way?
I suppose i feel safer with what the NHL is doing because they're in a bubble. Lots of money is being spent to ensure players are kept apart from the rest of the public. And there's tv money to offset some of the costs. AND since its just the playoffs, it's fewer teams to worry about. and a shorter window of time. I would be weary about having my brightest young talent in a situation where protecting the players is way more challenging than the NHL.
If I'm the Rangers, I call up the Islanders, devils, Flyers and Sabres and figure out how to create a bubble/pod for local prospect development for next season. Basically create a traverse city like tournament inside a bubble where all non-collegiate NA prospects and pro signees for each team can play. It's all one facility that has multiple rinks. A hotel. and a large dedicated medical team. This bubble would be part of the NHL bubble because i think the NHL will be forced to keep expanded rosters for next season anyway. I understand the multitude of hurdles - specifically it could destroy the AHL.
I wouldnt want to be Jeff Gorton or JD in this situation.
I don't think they've planned that far ahead. I think they just set a date in the hopes that they'll be able to start the season as normal with fans in the stands. That date is still 4 months away. A lot can happen between now and then. If they need to wait until January so they can have fans, that's what they'll do.
The NHL has set a tentative date of Dec 1st, but there's still lots of stuff for them to figure out at well.
I feel pretty confident saying that they won't play if they can't do it safely. neither side will agree to it if its not...but as far as money goes, every AHL team has a NHL affiliate that wants their AHL team playing so how much $$ will be pumped in from the NHL clubs to make this happen?
Part of the complication is that as far as I know, only about 20 of the teams in the AHL are actually owned by the NHL club. There are still independently-owned teams. So while Hartford is owned by MSG, Syracuse, Milwaukee, even Lehigh Valley and Hershey, aren't owned by the parent club (unless it changed recently). We could keep Hartford operating at a loss, bit those other teams, the independently-owned ones, they may not be able to do it.
I drove down to Tilburg for over an hour several times just to see Weise play haha. Good times
Shawn O’Donnell just signed for my home-town team here in Denmark. Was he any good in Hartford? Vaguely remember him
He played hard. Every day he came to the rink and gave it his all. I do remember that about him. Skill-wise, not much to report. He was a grinder on the bottom line, could kill penalties. I remember he could score at a PPG pace in the ECHL, though, so playing in Metal Ligaen he may well be able to score some points.
Soren True Hockey Stats and Profile at hockeydb.com
ODonnell obviously a dedicated guy, to follow up a Canadian college career and force a career of pro hockey. NYR/Hartford obviously liked him, to bring him back a few times
at lower levels (ECHL, last season in Germany) he contributed some offense
Shawn O'Donnell (b.1988) Hockey Stats and Profile at hockeydb.com
Shawn O'Donnell at eliteprospects.com
Søren True played for Odense Bulldogs too His two sons are hockey players too. Alexander is well known in NA playing for the Sharks. His younger brother Oliver is playing for Odense this season. Met Søren at a game last year where we chatted a bit and I got a pic with him. Should have been the first dane in the NHL. Nikolaj Ehlers in Winnipeg is his nephew
was at Jets AT MSG/NYR game a few years back,
probably Ehlers rookie year, i didn't know of him,
he sniped a sudden, fast goal from above left circle, knew who he was after that
whaddya know it was Ehlers' first NHL goal
and closer to the dot, than above the circle, sorry ....
Matt Beleskey brilliant in net for Tampa tonight
There are videos of him working out in the summer at a Halifax area rink with Sidney Crosby and Brad Marchand. He's basically an ECHL level player--he's pretty fearless though--will fight anybody (though very average at that) and he will take on the jobs that no one else wants to do. I'm sure his teammates appreciated him for those things and that's why he hung in the AHL as long as he did.
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