THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Jesse Schultz (Tri-City, Prince Albert, Kelowna, 1999-2003) signed a one-year plus option contract with Milano Rossoblu (Italy, Serie A). He had 24 goals and 40 assists in 49 games with Rapid City Rush (CHL) last season. . . .
D Kyle Cumiskey (Kelowna, 2003-06) signed a one-year contract with MoDo Örnsköldsvik (Sweden, Elitserien). He had six goals and 23 assists in 57 games with Syracuse Crunch (AHL) last season. . . .
D Ross Lupaschuk (Lethbridge, Prince Albert, Red Deer, 1996-2001) signed a one-year contract with Red Bull Salzburg (Austria, Erste Bank Liga). He had 10 goals and 17 assists in 38 games last season with the Vienna Capitals (Austria, Erste Bank Liga) before transferring to Jokerit Helsinki (Finland, SM-Liiga), where he had one goal and three assists in 15 games. . . .
Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic, Extraliga) announced the signing of D Dustin Kohn (Calgary, Brandon, 2003-07) and F Matt Keith (Spokane, Red Deer, 1998-2003) to one-year contracts. Kohn and Keith both played for Örebro (Sweden, Allsvenskan) last season; Kohn had five assists in 38 games, while Keith notched 11 goals and 16 assists in 52 games. . . .
F Joni Lindlöf (Kelowna, Lethbridge, 2002-04) signed a one-year plus option contract with Nyköping (Sweden, Allsvenskan). In 33 games with Kristianstad (Sweden, Allsvenskan) last season, Lindlöf had eight goals and four assists.
Remember that story from last week that appeared in the Michigan Daily that claimed the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers had cut a $200,000 deal to land D Jacob Trouba?
Well, it seems that the Rangers have filed suit against the Daily and reporter Matt Slovin.
"It's not a threat anymore," Rangers chief operating officer and governor Steve Bienkowski told the Waterloo Region Record on Monday. "We served the newspaper and the writer there to either back it up or retract it."
THE COACHING GAME:
Chad Kletzel is the new assistant coach with the Kootenay Ice. Kletzel signed a two-year contract with a club option for a third season. He replaces Todd Johnson, who left to take over as head coach of the U of Regina Cougars. . . . Kletzel is a former WHL player (Edmonton Ice, 1996-97; Lethbridge Hurricanes, 1997-99). Ryan McGill, the Ice’s new head coach, was on Edmonton’s coaching staff in 1996-97. . . . Kletzel, 32, later played three seasons with the U of Lethbridge Pronghorns while earning two degrees (bachelor of arts in kinesiology and a bachelor of education). . . . Last season, he was the head coach of a midget AAA team in Lethbridge. . . . The Ice also announced that assistant coach Jerry Bancks is returning for a third season. . . .
The Oklahoma City Barons, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, has re-signed head coach Todd Nelson and assistant coaches Gerry Fleming and Rocky Thompson. . . . All three are former WHL players and all are going into their third seasons with the Barons. . . .
Ross Yates has signed on as an assistant coach with the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs. Yates, 53, is a former head coach of the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch. . . . In Saint John, he will work alongside GM/head coach Mike Kelly.
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