A Trade Deadline edition of the link roundup. Things have been very busy at the ranch, which is why the updates have been a bit more infrequent here. Expect a more regular posting schedule in a week.
- WTHR columnist and noted local hockey follower Bob Kravitz came to last Wednesday’s Fuel game and opines on how the Fuel are starting to make a dent in the Indy sports market.
- The ECHL is unveiling its fantasy team/Golden Goalie participants. Per fan vote, Mike Duco and Mac Carruth will wear special jerseys during Saturday’s game against Wheeling, which will be auctioned off later on in March.
- D Justin Holl was called up to Rockford for the weekend, and then sent back down on Sunday. He made his AHL debut on Saturday.
- Dillon Fournier had three points on the weekend, the first of his AHL career.
- In organization news, Chicago traded two Rockford players – defenseman TJ Brennan to Toronto, and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck to Arizona, the latter as part of the Antoine Vermette trade.
- Brian Ferlin has impressed since being called up to the Boston Bruins. The Boston Herald notes his part in the Bruins’ youth movement, the Globe says hes living the dream, and he also gets some ink from his hometown paper in Jacksonville.
- Former Ice player Paul Carey, who got his first NHL point a couple of weeks back, is back on the move. He was traded to the Boston Bruins, along with Max Talbot in a deadline deal. Carey is a native of Boston, and makes three former Ice players on the Bruins – along with Ferlin and Torey Krug. Zach Trotman, who hails from Carmel, is another Hoosier tie to the B’s. Carey is expected to report to AHL Providence.
- Another former Ice player gets some pub, as T.J. Syner is part of this Salt Lake Tribune piece on his veteran presence with the ECHL Utah Grizzlies.
- Scott Darling gets recalled to the Blackhawks, and signed to a contract extension.
- Anthony Bitetto was sent back to the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals after his second stint with the Nashville Predators.
- Jon Gillies, now at Providence College, “leads a small but impressive group of drafted goalies from the NCAA.” He is a Mike Richter Award finalist after posting a 2.00 GAA and .929 save percentage, and a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award, going to the best American-born Div. I player in New England.
- Former Ice player (and Blackhawks prospect) Nick Mattson’s goal helped lead North Dakota to a win over St. Cloud State last week, giving NoDak the No. 1 national ranking at the end of college hockey’s regular season. UND is coached by former IHL Ice player Dave Hakstol.
Other Indy hockey
- Hurricanes defenseman and Zionsville native John-Michael Liles played his 700th career game last week.