It’s the calm before the storm. NHL rookie camps are forthcoming, and before long, hockey season will be here. So, a fairly small roundup this week.
- The Fuel added two more players last week, defenseman Nick Bruneteau via the team’s first-ever trade, and forward Matt White. The two were roommates at the University of Vermont, giving the Fuel four Catamounts — joining Pete Massar and Anders Franzon.
- In the ECHL, the Fuel’s I-74 rival (and closest geographic rival) Cincinnati Cyclones unveiled a new logo and look. It’s a bit of a cry from those of us who remember the early IHL days of the ‘Clones.
- Affiliation update: A couple of days after announcing it was renewing its affiliation with Pittsburgh, Wheeling also announced a renewal with Montreal, again giving the team a dual NHL affiliation for 2014-15.
- The Bakersfield Condors introduce a jersey about nothing.
- Drew Fisher, who played briefly for the Ice in 2004-05, has re-signed with the CHL’s Tulsa Oilers. Fisher will be entering his third full minor pro season.
- The Sioux City Musketeers, featuring former Ice Adam Johnson & Sam Kurker, won the bronze medal at the Junior Club World Cup in Ufa, Russia. Johnson led the tourney with six goals and nine points, while Kurker scored the OT winner to give the Musketeers the bronze.
Other hockey news
- Those of us with Center Ice or GameCenter Live might be more interested in this: Rogers Sportsnet has introduced a 45-person broadcast team for its first year with NHL rights. Among the broadcasters, former Checkers goalie Kelly Hrudey and former IHL Ice goalie (and current Blues analyst) Darren Pang.
- It’s been a pretty silly silly season, but last week’s reports that the NHL was set to expand by four teams (to Las Vegas, Seattle, Quebec and suburban Toronto) have been rebuffed by commissioner Gary Bettman, who called them a “complete fabrication.”
- THN’s Lyle Richardson tries to figure out how the Blackhawks and Bruins will get under the salary cap by opening night.