American Hockey League

The Iowa Wild have signed defenseman Doyle Somerby to a one-year American Hockey League contract. Somerby completed his fourth pro season in 2020-21 and notched one goal and six assists in 24 games with the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners. He added five assists in 17 contests with South Carolina (ECHL). Originally a fifth-round pick by the
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The Seattle Kraken have signed goaltender Antoine Bibeau to a one-year, two-way contract. Bibeau made eight appearances with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves last season, posting a record of 5-2-1 with a 2.49 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. He also spent time in the NHL on the Carolina Hurricanes’ taxi squad. Over seven pro
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The Detroit Red Wings have named Pat Verbeek as the new general manager of the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Verbeek will also continue in his role as assistant GM of the Red Wings. Verbeek, 57, is beginning his third season as assistant general manager with the Red Wings and his ninth season overall with the
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The Springfield Thunderbirds announced today that Stu Bickel has been named an assistant coach on Drew Bannister‘s staff. Bickel, 34, joins the Thunderbirds after serving as head coach and assistant general manager for the Minnesota Magicians in the North American Hockey League during the 2020-21 season. A native of Chanhassen, Minn., Bickel served as an
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The Minnesota Wild have re-signed forward Mason Shaw to a two-year, two-way contract. Shaw, 22, has spent his entire three-year pro career with the AHL’s Iowa Wild, totaling 19 goals and 42 assists for 61 points in 124 games. In 2020-21, Shaw matched a career high with eight goals and added 14 assists for 22
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Zac Rinaldo to a one-year, two-way contract. Rinaldo spent the 2020-21 season with the Calgary Flames, appearing in four NHL games. An 11-year pro, Rinaldo has skated in 143 games in the AHL with Stockton, Milwaukee, Providence and Adirondack, posting 11 goals and 20 assists with 492 penalty
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The Boston Bruins have named Ryan Mougenel the 13th head coach of the Providence Bruins. “The Bruins organization has had great success promoting from within and maintaining continuity behind our bench,” said Providence Bruins general manager John Ferguson. “We are all looking forward to watching Ryan continue that positive run. Maintaining the standard of consistent
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The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed defenseman Casey Fitzgerald to a two-year contract. Fitzgerald skated in 22 games with the AHL’s Rochester Americans in 2020-21, posting career highs with nine assists and 11 points. Buffalo’s third-round choice in the 2016 NHL Draft, Fitzgerald has played 51 AHL games over two pro seasons, totaling five goals and
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The Abbotsford Canucks have signed defensemen Ashton Sautner to a one-year American Hockey League contract. Sautner enters his seventh season in the Vancouver Canucks organization in 2021-22 after spending most of last season on the NHL taxi squad. He appeared in two games with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose. Originally signed as a free agent by
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Steven Ellis/The Hockey News Riley Damiani was the first player agent Cam Stewart wanted to sign when he joined the industry.  Damiani, now a Dallas Stars prospect, has also found a champion in Rich Peverley, the Stars’ director of player personnel. For a fifth-round pick (137th overall in 2018) who constantly hears he’s too small,
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