Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wednesday . . .

THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Pat Iannone (Kootenay, Tri-City, Regina, 1999-2003) signed a one-year contract extension with Valpellice (Italy Serie A). He had 28 goals and 27 assists in 40 games with last season. . . .
F Dustin Sylvester (Kootenay, 2004-2010) signed a one-year contract with W├Âlfe Freiburg (Germany 2.Bundesliga). He had 35 goals and 58 assists in 68 games for the Ice and went pointless in three games with Lake Erie Monsters (AHL) last season. . . .
G Ian Gordon (Swift Current, Saskatoon, 1992-95) signed a one-year contract with Ingolstadt (Germany DEL). He had a 2.83 GAA and a .908 SP in 54 games for the Frankfurt Lions (Germany DEL) last season. Frankfurt released all of its players Monday when the club lost its DEL licence for financial reasons.
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The Lethbridge Hurricanes have given contract extensions to associate coach Matt Kabayma and assistant GM Brad Robson. . . . The press release making the announcement didn’t include any contract details, not even the length of the extensions. . . . The Hurricanes also have hired Jim Bradley as business manager. . . . Kabayma is entering his fifth season with the Hurricanes, while Robson is preparing for season No. 4. . . . Kabayama and assistant coach Chris Chisamore work under GM/head coach Rich Preston. . . . Robson retired last month from the Calgary Police Service, so will be working full-time with the Hurricanes. . . . Bradley, who attended the U of Victoria, is working towards an MBA, doing it on-line through the U of Liverpool. His background includes a stint as national director of sales and regional sales manager with Callaway Golf.
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OK. We finally know — we know! — what happened with the Calgary Flames and their coaching staff. . . . The Flames dumped Mike Sands, their director of amateur scouting, who lives in Burlington, Ont., and Al Tuer, who the team relocated from Calgary to Vernon, B.C., three years ago. . . . The Flames held four selections in last month’s NHL draft, and they used each one on a WHL player. . . . Tod Button, the Flames’ director of scouting, Sands and Tuer were the only scouts left from the pre-Darryl Sutter era. That, of course, leaves Button as the last man standing. . . . As of late Wednesday night, the Flames had yet to acknowledge the terminations and photos of Sands and Tuer were still up on the team’s website. . . . Tuer is a former WHL player, GM and head coach.
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Brian Gratz is the new GM and head coach of the IHL’s Dayton Gems. He is signed through 2011-12. Gratz, a former goaltender, played at Penn State and then made numerous minor league stops. In 2008-09, he was the GM and head coach of the Jersey Rockhoppers of the Eastern Professional Hockey League (EPHL). Last season, he was the head goaltending coach at Penn State.
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F Logan Proulx (Edmonton, 2007-10) has decided to spend the 2010-11 season with the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters. Proulx, 19, had 22 points in 137 over three seasons with the Oil Kings. Proulx is from Warfield, B.C., which is between Trail and Rossland, so it’s a homecoming of sorts for him.
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The Edmonton Oilers have signed F Brad (Bugsy) Moran (Calgary, 1995-2000) to a one-year deal. Moran played last season with Skelleftea HC in the Swedish Elite League. Moran, 31, played five seasons with the Hitmen, putting up three straight seasons of at least 100 points. He won the WHL’s 1999-2000 scoring title with 120 points.

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