Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tuesday . . .

THE MacBETH REPORT: F Oscar Möller (Chilliwack, 2006-08) signed a two-year contract with Skellefteå (Sweden, Elitserien). He had one goal and three assists in 13 games with the Los Angeles Kings (NHL) and 23 goals and 27 assists in 59 games with the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) this season. . . . Möller said to Skellefteå newspaper Norran when asked if he wanted to return to the NHL: "Absolutely. I've said to all the clubs I talked to. It is my goal to get back to the NHL. I have not given up my dream, and it is certain with Skellefteå that you have that attitude.” . . .
F Joni Lindlöf (Kelowna, Lethbridge, 2002-04) signed a one-year contract with Kristianstad (Sweden Division 1). He had 21 goals and 21 assists in 38 games for Björklöven Umeå (Sweden Division 1) this season.
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You may have seen F Mikael Granlund score that spectacular goal for Finland in the world championship game against Russia last week. The MacBeth Report points out that he did the same thing during the 2006-07 season while playing for the Kärpät Oulu bantam team. The video isn’t top-flight but you can see it right here. . . . As The MacBeth Report adds: “So in four years, he goes from bantams to scoring possibly the most talked about goal in World Championship history.”
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Allan Maki of The Globe and Mail writes today about the Kootenay Ice and the Chynoweth connection. That piece is right here.
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He was the Missing Link. But it turns out that Link Gaetz isn’t missing. Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News talked with Gaetz and that story is right here.
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JUST NOTES: The U of Regina Cougars have landed a couple of former WHLers in D Mark Schneider (Kamloops, Brandon, Regina, 2006-10) and G Andrew Hayes (Brandon, 2007-10). Hayes played this season with the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. . . . Red Deer city council has supported a $1-million grant that is to be used towards adding seating to the Centrium. Paul Cowley of the Red Deer Advocate has more right here.
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THE COACHING GAME: Former NHLer Gordie Dwyer is the new head coach of the QMJHL’s P.E.I. Rocket. He had been working with the junior A Summerside Western Capitals as head coach and associate director of hockey operations. . . . The MJHL’s Winkler Flyers have signed John Marks, their director of hockey operations and head coach, to a two-year extension, while the Selkirk Steelers have signed head coach Ryan Smith to a deal that goes through 2013-14. Smith also will serve as the club‘s director of player personnel. The Steelers also will have assistant coaches Justin Harris and Jordan Sobkowicz back for another season.
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Remember the Gassoff Gang? . . . Curtis Gassoff is working hard to revive the Quesnel Kangaroos, and has applied for entry into the Central Interior Hockey League in B.C. Curtis, if you’re wondering, is Ken’s 25-year-old son. Percy Hebert of the Quesnel Cariboo-Observer has the story right here.
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TWEET OF THE DAY:
From Regina Pats president Brent Parker: “For those wondering nothing new to report on our ongoing lease negotiations. We are looking forward to a face to face in the coming days!”

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