AHL Report Headlines: Tuesday September 5, 2017
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► Beast Re-Sign Traccitto
- The Brampton Beast re-signed versatile and skilled defenseman Reggie Traccitto. Traccitto will be returning for his third season in Brampton after having signed a Standard Player Contract (SPC) for the 2017-18 ECHL season. Traccitto, 28, has emerged as one of the ECHL’s premier threats on the blue line. Last season, he set mew professional highs in games played (66), assists (21) and points (26).
ICYMI: Beast defenseman Reggie Traccitto is coming back for his third season in Brampton! #RoarAsOne
— Brampton Beast (@BramptonBeast) September 2, 2017
► Canadiens unveil Rookie Camp roster
The Montreal Canadiens announced today that 23 players will participate in the team’s rookie camp from September 7-13. The Club will participate in a rookie tournament which will take place from September 8-10, in Toronto. The tournament features rookie players from three NHL clubs; the Canadiens, the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Each team will play two games. Among the 23 players to participate in the rookie camp, there will be 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders. 12 players at camp are Canadiens draft selections, including four of the seven players selected by Montreal at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. 21 of the 23 players also took part in the Canadiens’ development camp last July. Laval Rocket’s coaching staff led by head coach Sylvain Lefebvre, along with Donald Dufresne, Nick Carrière and Marco Marciano will handle coaching responsibilities for games and practices.
► It’s signing season
- Teams continued to make additions as rookie camps and training camps loom around the corner with the arrival of September.
- The Calgary Flames signed defenseman Brett Kulak to a one year, two-way contract. Kulak, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, split last season between the Flames and their AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat. Kulak played 22 regular-season games with Stockton last season, totaling two goals and eight assists for 10 points with a plus-7 rating. Kulak added four assists in five Calder Cup Playoff games.
- Rochester Americans signed defenseman Conor Allen and forward Sahir Gill to one-year American Hockey League contracts. Allen, 27, played 56 regular-season games for a Grand Rapids Griffins team that went on to win the Calder Cup in 2016-17, collecting one goal and 10 assists for 11 points. Gill, 25, completed his fourth professional season in 2016-17 and posted AHL career highs with six goals, 12 assists, 18 points and a plus-6 rating in 44 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Gill has played 102 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre and Hamilton, compiling 14 goals and 25 assists for 39 points.
- Lehigh Valley Phantoms signed goaltender Leland Irving to an American Hockey League contract. A first-round draft choice by Calgary (26th overall) in 2006, Irving spent last season with KooKoo Kouvola in Finland’s Liiga, where he posted a 2.18 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage in 35 appearances. Irving has a record of 105-101-16 in 235 career AHL appearances with Iowa, Abbotsford and Quad City, with a 2.53 GAA, a .908 save percentage and 15 shutouts. His best AHL season came in 2010-11, when he established career marks in games (61), wins (30), GAA (2.30), save percentage (.913) and shutouts (8).
The #LVPhantoms have signed goaltender Leland Irving to an AHL contract.
— LehighValleyPhantoms (@LVPhantoms) August 31, 2017