Hershey (AHL) and Reading (ECHL) 2012-13 Season
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07-21-2012, 08:19 AM
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Yes, they started the season last year with an extra vet and yes, eventually Richmond was traded. That was not the first season in recent years where they have carried an extra vet to start the season, it has happened in other years, too.
I have had this McNeill conversation with a couple of people and posted elsewhere about it this morning. As far as the 2 tweener vets, one can play in a vet slot, but I’ve wondered about Patrick McNeill’s situation given the lack of opportunity in the org. and whether he’d be a candidate for a move either per request or the organization moving on. Just my speculation, no idea what will happen.
With the unknowns of the NHL CBA, injuries, call-ups, etc., it's too early to know what will happen.
As of now:
AHL vets per AHL rule:
F: Aucoin (W/vet), DiSalvatore (H/vet), Hamill (W/tw vet), Kane (H/vet), Potulny(W/vet), Taffe (H/vet)
D: Stafford (W/vet), McNeill (W/tw vet)
I agree with a lot of what you had posted. I could see Patrick McNeill easily leaving. He hasn't gotten an opportunity with Washington and was passed on the call up depth chart by Kundratek last season. Patrick is hitting that point in his career where his NHL window might not last much longer.
As for the veterans, I'm not sure about the attitudes of Taffe, DiSalvatore, and Stafford but I am sure they are more of a team player then Danny Richmond was last year. Rumors were that Richmond constantly would mope and it got bad in the locker room which is why the trade was made. Hopefully they can all get along and French and Yingst have a good plan intact so the same doesn't happen this year
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