AHL Report Headlines: Monday February 19, 2018

  On this day in hockey history1917 — The first National Hockey League games are played when the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Ottawa Senators 7-4 and the Montreal Wanderers down the Toronto Arenas 10-9. 1987 — The fastest two goals in NHL history are scored when Boston Bruin Ken Linseman scores with 10 seconds remaining in the game, only to have Doug Gilmour of the St. Louis Blues score an empty-netter two seconds later.
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Yann Danis (Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)

by Joseph Whalen, Staff Writer, AHL Report

 

 

► 2019 All-Star Classic 

  • American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced that the Springfield Thunderbirds and MGM Springfield have been selected as hosts of the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic, to be held at the MassMutual Center on January 27-28, 2019. It will mark the 25th anniversary of the event for the league.  Springfield last hosted the showcase in 1959.

► Senators acquire Pokka from Blackhawks

  • The Chicago Blackhawks acquired center Chris DiDomenico from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenseman Ville Pokka. DiDomenico reported to the Rockford IceHogs; Pokka was assigned to the Belleville Senators.

► Soshnikov dealt to Blues

  • The St. Louis Blues announced that the club acquired forward Nikita Soshnikov from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for the Blues’ fourth-round draft pick in 2019. Soshnikov posted seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points in 19 AHL games with the Toronto Marlies this season, and also appeared in three NHL games with the Maple Leafs.

► Heat, Penguins make a deal

  • The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins acquired forward Joseph Cramarossa from the Stockton Heat in exchange for forward Colin Smith. Cramarossa tallied three goals and seven assists in 37 games with Stockton this season. Smith had five goals and 13 assists for 18 points in 35 AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.

► Canadiens sign Lindgren to contract extension

  • The Montreal Canadiens announced that the team agreed to a three-year contract extension with goaltender Charlie Lindgren. The deal is a one-way agreement which will keep him with the club through the 2020-21 season. The 24-year-old netminder has spent most of this season with the AHL’s Laval Rocket, where he has played 28 games, posting a 7-13-7 record to go along with a 3.15 GAA and an .893 save percentage.

► Former AHL All-Star Danis retires

  • Yann Danis, a three-time AHL All-Star and former goaltender of the year in the American Hockey League, officially announced his retirement. The 36-year-old from Lafontaine, QC, spent parts of 12 seasons in the AHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Oklahoma City Barons, Adirondack Phantoms, Norfolk Admirals, Hartford Wolf Pack, Albany Devils and St. John’s IceCaps. He posted a record of 205-144-43 in 414 appearances, ranking 13th all-time in victories, 17th in games played by a goaltender and eighth with 29 shutouts.