August 27, 2007
Wow…not only were most of the players from last years terrible B-Sens purged from the team, they’ve been kicked off the continent! Check out how many of these guys have ended up overseas. Still no sign of Kelly Guard signing anywhere.
- Michal Barinka (CZE)
- Charlie Cook (HIFK Helsinki)
- Jean-Francois David (EHC Black Wings Linz)
- Andrew Ebbett (Anaheim)
- Jeff Heerema (Frankfurt Lions)
- Andy Hedlund (DEG Metrostars)
- Matt Koalska (HC Bolzano)
- Neil Komadoski (Peoria)
- Brian Maloney (DEL Krefeld Pinguine)
- Serge Payer (Minnesota)
- Cory Pecker (HC Lausanne)
- Neil Petruic (HC Bolzano)
- Grant Potulny (Hershey)
- Rory Rawlyk (EV Regensburg)
- Ryan Vesce (HIFK Helsinki)
- Terry Virtue (Retired/HFD Asst. Coach)
August 22, 2007
Another measure of the poor quality of our team last season may be looking at how many players are not getting AHL contracts this year. The latest to go overseas is Andy Hedlund and Matt Koalska:
Andy Hedlund signs with DEG Metrostars in Germany
Matt Koalska signs with HC Bolzano in Italy
August 20, 2007
This is old news, but new to me. The next version of EA Sports NHL series will feature all 29 AHL teams and players.
NHL 08 will feature an exclusive AHL license for the first time, with all 29 teams from the primary development league for the NHL fully playable in game.
August 19, 2007
Former BC Icemen, Pete Vandermeer, has signed a 1 year deal with the San Antonio Rampage in the AHL.
The San Antonio Rampage have signed left wing Peter Vandermeer to a one-year American Hockey League contract.
Vandermeer is entering his 12th professional season and is a veteran of 473 career AHL games. Last season, as a member of the Hershey Bears, the 6-foot, 210-pound native of Red Deer, Alta., recorded two goals, five assists and 129 penalty minutes in 26 regular-season games.
Vandermeer has posted four AHL seasons with 300-plus penalty minutes, and currently ranks fifth on the league’s all-time list with 2,164 PIM.
In parts of 10 AHL seasons with Hershey, Hamilton, Grand Rapids, Philadelphia, Providence, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Rochester, Vandermeer has also recorded 51 goals and 61 assists for 112 points. He set AHL career highs with 19 goals, 18 assists and 37 points during the 2000-01 season with Providence, and played in the Calder Cup Finals with Rochester in 1999.
August 18, 2007
- Drop-off your used equipment for re-sale on Friday evening, September 7th from 5:00-8:00pm at the Hockey Shop for pricing.
- You can pick up your un-sold equipment and any money from your sales beginning at 100pm
August 17, 2007
One of the few B-Sens from last season to stay in the states.
BEARS SIGN LEFT WING GRANT POTULNY TO AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE CONTRACT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. NATIVE AND FORMER UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA STANDOUT COMES TO CHOCOLATETOWN FOR UPCOMING CAMPAIGN
HERSHEY – The HERSHEY BEARS announced today that left wing/center Grant Potulny has signed a contract for the upcoming 2007-08 season. The announcement was made today by BEARS President/GM Doug Yingst.
Potulny, 27, was drafted in the fifth round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators, and played four years at the University of Minnesota from 2000-2004. He won back-to-back National Championships in 2002 and 2003 while in Minneapolis, scoring the game-winning goal in overtime of the 2002 National Championship game against Maine. Potulny scored 23 goals in 78 games for the Binghamton Senators in 2005-06 with 122 penalty minutes in 2005-06.
August 16, 2007
The Press has a full article on Busniuk this morning.
New Binghamton Senators head coach Cory Clouston believes he’s found a nice complement to his own style behind the bench.
And he didn’t have to search far to find it.
The B-Sens announced Wednesday that Mike Busniuk, no stranger to the team or the city, will return as assistant coach after agreeing to a two-year deal.
“I think if you were to characterize my personality and my style, it’s a little bit more intense, a little bit more focused just on the day-to-day activities,” Clouston said.
“But when I talked to Mike, when I talked to other people, just the feeling I got from him was that he’s a real positive person, gets along very well with the players. And just having that experience in the dressing room … is a real big plus as well.”
August 16, 2007
Mike Busniuk will be returning as assistant coach of the Binghamton Senators, his fifth year in the organization.
Busniuk, 55, will work under new head coach Cory Clouston, according to a release from the American Hockey League team.
Busniuk, a native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, has played 143 NHL games and 397 AHL games. He has been a head pro coach for one season in the United Hockey League with Muskegon, and he has been an AHL assistant for 13 seasons, eight of them in Binghamton.
August 15, 2007
Looks like Busniuk will be back behind the bench for the B-Sens…
AROUND THE RINK
The Senators announced yesterday they have signed C Jim O’Brien, their 2007 first- round pick, to an entry level contract. That means the 18-year-old is leaving behind the rest of his NCAA career (as a Minnesota Golden Gopher in 2006-07, he was the youngest player in Division I) and attending Senators training camp. O’Brien is expected to spend the season with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL … Murray is not discounting the possibility of signing D Jason York, an unrestricted free agent who wants to end his career in his home town. “You’re always looking for guys who can play,” said Murray. “Jason was with me in Detroit and Anaheim, so I know him well.” … The Senators are expected to finalize negotiations and announce goalie coach Ron Low as the team’s new assistant coach any day now … Assistant coach Mike Busniuk is expected to re-sign with the Binghamton Senators.
August 14, 2007
The Sens have signed 3 more guys with 2 slated for Binghamton.
First off, as rumored, first round pick Jim O’Brien has turned pro and will play in the juniors next season.
The 18-year-old center was selected 29th overall in June’s draft by Ottawa and will likely spend next season in juniors after attending camp later this month.
“We want him to get ice time,” said Senators GM Bryan Murray. “We want him to develop.
O’Brien was used primarily on the fourth line by the Golden Gophers last season and is eager to take on more responsibility.
“I never wanted to take a kid out of school,” Murray said. “I never encouraged that. I think Jim feels that this is the best road for him at this point in his career.”
To help in Binghamton, Ottawa signed defenseman Greg Amadio and forward Tyler Donati.
The Binghamton Senators, in conjunction with the Ottawa Senators, announced today the signing of defenseman Greg Amadio and forward Tyler Donati to one-year American Hockey League contracts.
Amadio, 26, spent the 2006-07 season with the Iowa Stars and the Portland Pirates of the AHL. He collected three goals, five assists and 126 penalty minutes in 58 games.
A native of Sault St. Marie, Ont., Amadio has registered three goals, added 10 assists and collected 366 penalty minutes in 158 career AHL games.
Donati, 20, spent the 2006-07 season with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League. In 66 games with the Bulls, he recorded 54 goals and added 75 assists for 129 points, all team highs. He also led the team with 26 power-play goals.
The Oakville, Ont., native finished the 2006-07 season ranked third in goals and fourth in scoring in the OHL.
The B-Sens look fully stocked with possibly some room to demote guys to the ECHL to use for midseason callups. A drastic change from the previous 2 seasons when the baby Sens entered training camp looking anemic with multiple free agents trying out to land to PTO contract.
If you’re wondering why a kid with Donati’s numbers was available, this could be why:
Part way through the twins’ second season with the Generals, Tyler, who at the time was the team’s leading scorer, and Justin, who was recovering from an injury, took exception with Oshawa’s coaching and demanded a trade. Unlike other trade demands that are usually made, the Donati twins decided to go home and left the team awaiting the inevitable trade.