AHL Report Headlines: Sunday July 23, 2017

  On this day in hockey history1898 — Hockey Hall of Famer  Red Dutton is born in Russell, Manitoba. Dutton went on to become the second president of the NHL in 1943 and a player, coach and general manager of the New York (Brooklyn) Americans.  2012 — Forward Rick Nash is traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon and a first-round pick in 2013 to the New York Rangers. Nash got to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 with New York and went on to score a career-high 42 goals the following season.
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Michael Bournival (Photo credit: Syracuse Crunch)

by Joseph Whalen, Staff Writer, AHL Report

► Lost and found

  • Former AHL star Dick Gamble, 88, will soon be reunited with his Hall of Fame ring after a scuba-diver discovered it in Canandaigua Lake in upstate New York.  Gamble had ordered a replacement ring a number of years ago to replace his missing treasure, including having his name inscribed on it.  Gamble earned his place in American League history during his time with the Rochester Americans when they won three Calder Cups in a four-year span and was named the AHL most valuable player in 1965-66 after scoring a league-leading 98 points during the season. Prior to that he spent parts of eight seasons playing in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, and Montreal Canadiens, with whom he won a Stanley Cup in 1953.

► Hanging up the skates

  • Kyle Hagel, the 2015 recipient of the AHL’s Yanick Dupre Memorial Award and a seven-time winner of his team’s IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award, has retired after playing 373 games over nine seasons in the AHL.  Hagel scored 15 goals while also tallying 28 assists and 1,001 penalty minutes during his playing career.  He has accepted a position as an assistant coach with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League.

► Who’s behind the bench?

  • The Buffalo Sabres hired Chris Hajt to serve as one of the club’s assistant coaches. Hajt spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings’ AHL affiliate. He helped guide the Manchester Monarchs to a Calder Cup championship in 2014-15, and reached the postseason twice with the Ontario Reign, including winning a Pacific Division title in 2015-16.
  • Toronto Marlies announced the hiring of Rob Davison as assistant coach. Davison joins the Marlies after three seasons overseas as an assistant coach in Europe, which included winning back-to-back championships with Red Bull Salzburg in 2015 and 2016.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning hired Ken Klee as an assistant coach with the Syracuse Crunch. Klee spent the last two seasons coaching the U.S. Women’s National Team, leading them to back-to-back IIHF World Championships in 2015 and 2016.
  • Manitoba Moose hired Marty Johnston as an assistant coach. Johnston joins the Moose after spending the last seven seasons coaching Carleton University’s men’s hockey program. He coached the Ravens to a 129-49-12 record and led the program to two berths in the U Sports University Cup tournament.

► It’s signing season

  • Teams continued to add to their rosters during this busy offseason, as the league gets a little deeper into free agency.

July 17

  • Nashville Predators re-signed forward Frederick Gaudreau to a three-year contract. The contract is a two-way deal in 2017-18 and 2018-19, before becoming a one-way deal in 2019-20 worth $700,000.

July 18

  • The Rochester Americans signed defenseman Barry Goers and forward Adam Krause to one-year American Hockey League contracts. Both athletes join the club from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, with Goers finishing his seventh pro year with career-highs in goals, assists, points, and plus/minus.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Michael Bournival to a one-year, two-way contract. He logged 19 games in the NHL with the Lightning last season, and played in 38 games with the Syracuse Crunch, collecting nine goals and 19 points. Bournival also played in 22 Calder Cup Playoff games with the Crunch in 2017, posting eight goals and 15 points.
  • Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday re-signed forward Martin Frk to a one-year contract. Frk lead the Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapids Griffins in goal-scoring this past season with 27 goals, and added 15 points in 16 Playoff games.

  • Colorado Avalanche signed forwards Gabriel Bourque and Felix Girard and defenseman Duncan Siemens to one-year contracts for the 2017-18 season.

July 20

  • Rochester Americans signed forward Stevie Moses to a one-year American Hockey League contract. Moses returns to the AHL after spending last season with St. Petersburg SKA of the Kontinental Hockey League, posting 10 points in 24 games.
  • Syracuse Crunch have signed defenseman Reid McNeill to an AHL contract for the 2017-18 season. McNeill appeared in 61 AHL games between Chicago and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season posting 10 points and a plus-16 rating.
  • Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract (AHL / ECHL) with forward Yannick Veilleux for the 2017-18 campaign. Veilleux spent the majority of last season with the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps, scoring six goals and registering 10 assists for 16 points in 53 games.

July 21

  • Cleveland Monsters signed Ohio native Carter Camper to a two-year American Hockey League contract. Camper notched 35 points in 47 games for the Albany Devils last season.
  • Ontario Reign signed forward Brett Sutter. Sutter finished fifth on the Reign in scoring last season (36 points) and second in goals (18) in 66 games played.

July 22

  • Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed goaltenders Jon Gillies and David Rittich to one-year, two-way contracts.