Thursday, July 10, 2014

Court news (maybe) . . . Maple Leafs sign Ice d-man

D Dylan Yeo (Prince George, Calgary, 2003-07) signed a one-year contract with the Straubing Tigers (Germany, DEL). Last season, with the Toronto Marlies (AHL), he had a goal and two assists in 14 games. In four games with the with Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL), Yeo had one assist. . . .
The KHL’s 2014-15 schedule was released on Tuesday. Spartak Moscow is not on the schedule. The team is out for this season due to financial reasons. . . . The schedule includes three new teams: Jokerit Helsinki, Lada Togliatti and Sochi. Three other teams are on "administrative” leave: Donbass Donetsk, Lev Prague and Spartak Moscow.

1. The Grapevine, Part 1: I have been told that the WHL’s board of governors, at its annual meeting last month, decided to make an adjustment to one of the rules involving its education packages. Apparently, a player now is allowed to sign an AHL contract and play one season in that league without losing his education credits.

2. The Grapevine, Part II: It’s my understanding that two lawsuits involving WHL teams have been settled. Perhaps the teams involved will be issuing news releases in the near future. Or perhaps not.

3. Brian Sandy, a former chief marketing officer and senior vice-president with the Tri-City Americans, is the new president of the Portland Thunder, an Arena Football League franchise. Sandy resigned Thursday as president of the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder. Sandy spent one season with Stockton. According to the Stockton Record, Sandy cited a “desire to move closer to his family in Oregon” when he resigned. He has three children in the Portland area. Sandy also spent 13 seasons in the front office of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. He also has worked with soccer’s Portland Timbers and baseball’s Portland Beavers.

4. The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed D Rinat Valiev of the Kootenay Ice to a three-year entry-level contract. Valiev, a 19-year-old Russian, was the 68th overall selection in the NHL’s 2014 draft. He had 28 points, including five goals, in 55 games with the Ice last season, his first in the WHL. He played with the USHL’s Indiana Ice in 2012-13, putting up 13 points, six of them goals, in 36 games.

5. The AHL has decided to use a seven-minute overtime period in an attempt to decide games that are tied after three periods. For 2014-15, the AHL will start with four minutes of 4-on-4 play. If the teams are still tied at that point, they will play three minutes of 3-on-3. . . . If a game remains tied after seven minutes of OT, a shootout will be held with each team opening with three shooters. . . . The AHL also has decided to give a game misconduct to any player who gets two fighting majors “or three major penalties for any infraction in the same game.” . . . Unfortunately, for people like Dan Russell and me, the AHL hasn’t decided to give three-points for a regulation-time victory.

6. If you have a few minutes, dig into this piece right here from a writer who spent a weekend in Barcelona watching the LeBron James/Nike publicity machine in action. For some reason, Nike killed this story that was to have been published in a startup magazine.

7. Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, who is Canada’s No. 1 shot putter, finished fourth at the 2010 World Indoor championship. But he was moved up to third when Belarusian Andrei Mikhnevich tested positive. Armstrong finally was presented with his bronze medal at the Harry Jerome International Track Classic in Burnaby on Thursday night. . . . Now Armstrong is waiting to see if he will end up with a bronze medal from the 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing. Armstrong finished fourth there, with the afore-mentioned Mikhnevich third there, too. . . . In the meantime, Armstrong is dealing with an elbow problem that has short-circuited this season. . . . There’s more right here.

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