Dan Henningson begins his first season in coaching after recently retiring from a successful professional playing career.
Mike Thomas :
He last played for the CeeBees of the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League. He was released on November 15. Former AHLers Terry Ryan, Robert Slaney and Doug O'Brien are currently playing for the CeeBees http://www.thetelegram.com/Sports/20...s%3A-Crocker/1
The following players still haven't signed anywhere or "officially" retired : Chris Murray (Charlotte), Jeff Prough (Connecticut), T.J. Fast (Hamilton), Graham Mink (Hershey), Daren Machesney (Hershey), Chris Cahill (Milwaukee), Dave Leaderer (Milwaukee), Garrett Suter (Milwaukee), Bryan Helmer (Oklahoma), Jake Gannon (Peoria), Spencer Bennett (Portland), Scott Fleming (Portland), Jeff Jakaitis (Rochester), Ryan McGinnis (Syracuse), Nick Layton (Texas), Josh Engel (Toronto), Kyle Neuber (Toronto), Matt Rust (Wilkes-Barres)
Two reasonably well-known signings by San Antonio.
San Antonio Rampage General Manager Mike Santos announced today that the American Hockey League (AHL) club has signed defenseman Mike Mottau and forward Jonathan Sim to professional try-outs (PTO).
Mottau, 34, played the last five seasons in the National Hockey League, splitting time between the New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders and Boston Bruins. The Quincy, Mass., native has totaled 313 NHL games throughout his career
Sim, 35, brings nearly 500 games of NHL experience to the Rampage roster. The New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, native has played in 469 NHL games, recording 75 goals and 64 assists.
Chicago Wolves signed Alex Grenier http://www.chicagowolves.com/news/re...xandre-grenier
Some notables players signed try-out contracts today : Kenndal McArdle (Norfolk), Tyler McNeely (Providence), Richard Petiot (St.John's) and Patrick Rissmiller (Worcester)
-Ryan McGinnis, who was under contract with Syracuse last season, signed with the Florida Everblades (ECHL). McGinnis missed the first half of the season with a knee injury.
-Spencer Bennett, who was under contract with Portland last season, signed with Orlando (ECHL)
-T.J Fast's ECHL rights were traded from Greenville to Bakersfield (I don't know if he'll actually play for them). Fast played 42 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs last season
Worcester Sharks general manager Wayne Thomas announced today that the Worcester Sharks has signed forward Pat Rissmiller and defenseman Michael Wilson to a PTO (player tryout agreement).
Rissmiller, a 34-year-old Belmont, MA native and Holy Cross alum has played 523 AHL games for Cleveland, Hartford, Grand Rapids, Chicago, Lake Erie, and Rochester where he accumulated 352 points (125-227-352). He has also played 192 games in the NHL with San Jose, New York Rangers, Atlanta, and Florida recording 46 points (18-28-46) and 60 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-4, 220lb forward had his best NHL season with the San Jose Sharks in 2006-07 as he amassed 22 points (7-15-22) in 79 games. He played four seasons under coach Roy Sommer in Cleveland.
Rissmiller practiced with the Worcester Sharks today (Jan 9) and wear #28.
Wilson, a 25-year-old North Vancouver, BC native returns to the Sharks blue line where he spent two seasons for the Sharks through 2008-10 recording 20 points (6-14-20) in 85 games. The 6-foot-1, 190 lbs defenseman has played 36 games with the Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) this season where he recorded 23 points (2-21-23) and 28 penalty minutes.
SPRINGFIELD – Bryan Helmer, a 40-year-old defenseman who holds the American Hockey League record for points by a defenseman, is joining the Springfield Falcons.
Helmer has posted 562 points in an AHL career which has seen him play for eight teams, including the Falcons in 2003-04. He played only nine games that year because of an injury which sidelined him until late in the season.
Helmer’s total of 1,093 AHL games ranks him third all-time behind Hall-of-Famers Willie Marshall (1,205) and Fred Glover (1,201). He has played 144 Calder Cup playoff games, a record for AHL defensemen.
-Kael Mouillerat (St.John's), Graham Mink (Providence), Kenndal McArdle (Rockford) and Cam Reid (Milwaukee) upgraded their PTO contract to an SPC
-Jon Sim was released from his PTO with San Antonio despite registering 13 points in 22 games. He is rumored to have signed a SPC with Adirondack.
-Steve McCarthy was released by Abbotsford. McCarthy was waiting for the end of the lock-out to get a chance in the NHL. He got invited to the Flames camp but didn't make the team. He decided to return with ZSC (in Switzerland) where he played in 2011-2012 instead of staying with Abbotsford.
I'll also add Kris Fredheim (Houston) and John Lee (San Antonio) to
the list since they have been on their respective team roster since
the start of the season.
Originally Posted by Billiam
I think it speaks volumes that a lot of these players haven't gone down in the leagues to ECHL or even CHL teams for the year. I think it might be a forced retirement!
In the end, there is only have 12 names remaining on the list of unsigned players. Most of these guys weren't even good enough to be full time AHLers :
Chris Murray (Charlotte), Jeff Prough (Connecticut), Daren Machesney (Hershey), Chris Cahill (Milwaukee), Dave Leaderer (Milwaukee), Garrett Suter (Milwaukee), Jake Gannon (Peoria), Scott Fleming (Portland), Nick Layton (Texas), Josh Engel (Toronto), Kyle Neuber (Toronto), Matt Rust (Wilkes-Barres)
You could argue that the lock-out made some victims like Graham Mink and Bryan Helmer who signed late in the season or like Kenndal McArdle and Brad Mills who were stuck in the ECHL. However, in the end, everyone who wants (and can) play pro hockey is playing somewhere either in Europe or North America.