Friday, June 15, 2012

F Matt MacKay (Moose Jaw, Medicine Hat, Vancouver, Brandon, 2008-11) signed a one-year contract with the Schwenninger Wild Wings (Germany, 2.Bundesliga). He had 18 goals and 36 assists in 33 games with Duisburg (Germany, Oberliga) last season. MacKay's father, Mark MacKay (Moose Jaw, 1984-85), played seven seasons with the Wild Wings, from 1995-2002, and played in six World Championships, one World Cup, and two Olympic Games for Germany.
The Norfolk Admirals, who last week won the AHL’s Calder Cup, have been dropped by the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. Instead, the Lightning has signed an affiliation deal with the Syracuse Crunch. . . . The Lightning and Admirals had been hooked up through five seasons. . . . Jim Hodges, writing in the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, reported that Admirals owner Ken Young “said he believes he is close to an agreement with the Anaheim Ducks.” . . . The Ducks and Crunch had been affiliated for the last two seasons. . . . Hodges also speculated that Treny Yawney, who stepped in as the Crunch’s head coach in mid-season, might return to Norfolk should the Ducks get a deal done. Yawney spent five seasons as the Admirals’ head coach when the club had an affiliation with the Chicago Blackhawks. . . .
F Jesse Paradis (Kelowna, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, 2007-12) has decided to head for the U of Manitoba where he will play for the Bisons. Paradis had 49 points, including 15 goals, in 72 games with the Blades last season as a 20-year-old.
G Keith Hamilton of the Victoria Royals had his BCHL rights involved in a trade on Thursday. Hamilton and F Austin Plevy, 18, were traded by the Merritt Centennials to the Chilliwack Chiefs for F Derek Huisman, 20.
Gerard Gallant, the head coach of the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs, has joined the Montreal Canadiens as an assistant coach. . . . Gallant had been the Sea Dogs’ head coach since April 24, 2009. . . .
The Colorado Avalanche has signed David Quinn as an assistant coach. He will work alongside head coach Joe Sacco and assistant coach Tim Army. . . . Quinn, 45, spent the last three seasons as head coach of the Cleveland-based Lake Erie Monsters, Colorado’s AHL affiliate. . . . The Avalanche has lost two assistant coaches in recent days, with Adam Deadmarsh having retired due to post-concussion syndrome and Sylvain Lefebvre having signed on as head coach of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

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