THE MacBETH REPORT:
D Tyson Marsh (Vancouver, 2001-04) signed a one-year contract with the Cardiff Devils (Wales, UK Elite). He had two goals and one assist in 16 games with Riessersee (Germany, 2.Bundesliga) and one goal and six assists in 33 games with the Alaska Aces (ECHL) last season. . . .
D Mike Egener (Calgary, 2000-04) signed a one-year contract with the Coventry Blaze (England, UK Elite). He had one goal and nine assists in 33 games with Esbjerg (Denmark, AL-Bank Liga) last season. Egener's 235 PIM were the most in the league.
Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada filed his latest 30 Thoughts piece on Monday afternoon and it’s right here. As usual, it’s entertaining and informative.
And make sure you read all the way to the bottom because the last item may be where the most juice is.
Brian Burke, over to you!
The QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles are the latest major junior team to separate the hockey and business operations. Pierre Rioux was named general manager of hockey operations last month. Now the Screaming Eagles have named Peter MacDonald as the general manager of business operations. He has been the club’s director of marketing for seven years.
THE COACHING GAME:
Clark Donatelli has been named head coach of the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. He had been the interim head coach since replacing Stan Drulia in December. Drulia left Wheeling to join the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals as an assistant coach. . . . Wheeling was 26-20-9 under Donatelli. . . . The Nailers are the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, a 12-year relationship that also has been renewed. . . .
Curt Fraser has signed on as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Dallas Stars. He had spent the last four seasons as head coach of the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Fraser fills the spot vacated by associate coach Willie Desjardins, who now is head coach of the Texas Stars, Dallas’s AHL affiliate. . . .
Phil Housley, the former all-star NHL defenceman, has been named head coach the U.S. national junior team that will play in Ufa, Russia, beginning on Dec. 26. . . . Housley, from South St. Paul, Minn., has coached at Stillwater High School in Minnesota for eight seasons and was an assistant coach on the U.S. junior team that finished third in Buffalo in 2011 and the bronze medal-winners in 2007. . . . The U.S. team also announced its selection camp roster and it includes D Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks, F Logan Nelson of the Victoria Royals and F Henrik Samuelsson of the Edmonton Oil Kings. The camp will be held Aug. 4-11 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
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