Yesterday was the deadline for NHL clubs so sign their CHL drafted players from the 2005 draft in Ottawa.
There was a handful of signings to report. Here's a quick rundown of those who signed a pro deal:
- The Montreal Canadiens traded a 7th round draft pick to the New York Rangers for Kootenay Ice forward Ryan Russell. The Canadiens then signed him to an entry level contract.
- The Florida Panthers sign Vancouver Giants forward Kendall McArdle and Brandon Wheat Kings goaltender Tyler Plante to entry level contracts.
- The New York Islanders sign Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Dustin Kohn to an entry level contract.
- The Atlanta Thrashers sign Regina Pats forward Myles Stoesz to an entry level contract.
- The Vancouver Canucks sign Vancouver Giants forward Mario Bliznak to an entry level contract.
I think there are a couple more. I'll try and find out more details.
- The Swift Current Indians are rolling. The Tribe has picked up back-to-back wins to start the season. 2-1 over Saskatoon Thursday night at Mitchell Field to start the season and then 12-5 in Moose Jaw last night. Joe Carnahan had a solo and a three-run homer to lead the way offensively. Shawn Cooley picked up the win on the mound. The Indians host Moose Jaw tonight, 7:05pm at Mitchell Field.
- Word is the Prince Albert Raiders, Moose Jaw Warriors and Edmonton Oil Kings are getting closer to naming their new head coaches. I expect an announcement from at least one team next week, either Moose Jaw or Prince Albert, or both.
- The Edmonton Oil Kings expansion draft is set for Tuesday. The Broncos will submit their protected list that morning. I haven't talked to Dean about their plans but one would think they will choose to keep their returning overagers (20's) unprotected so they can use the extra spot for their young talent. In other words, RJ Larochelle, Brady Leavold, Daniel Rakos and Mike Wilson will be thrown to the expansion wolves. The Broncos also don't have enough room to protect all of their returning 19 year-olds. One out of that group may also be headed north to the City of Champions. Check back Tuesday...
- I've been asked through SaskTel Max Local on Demand to host the Saskatchewan Amateur Boxing Provincials this evening in Swift Current. For those of you out of province, SaskTel Max is a cable provider. I'm a subscriber and I think it's a pretty good deal.
Great, two things I'm not familiar with, T.V. and amateur boxing. I was willing to give it a shot though, it's always good to broaden your skills...and get some money back from the multi-million dollar Saskatchewan Crown Corporation, haha. The show will air on SaskTel Max in the coming weeks. They are looking for some interviews plus some play-by-play of the action. Hopefully my colorman Barry Metevier (a local boxing club member) can carry the broadcast!