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07-05-2008, 09:13 PM
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Bits o' Checkers Business

While not quite as busy as the Rangers, Checkers Coach/GM Derek Wilkinson has started to make moves for the upcoming season. The first player signed for 2008 is defenseman Kenny Smith, returning for 3rd season to the Queen City. Over the past 2 seasons, the 26 year-old former Oilers draft pick has played in 117 games for the Checkers, with 3 goals, 15 assists, and 151PIM. Over those 2 seasons, he also appeared in 14 games for 3 different AHL franchises, including 3 for the Pack.

The second player signed for 2008 is forward Lee Falardeau. The 24 year-old Falardeau, a former 2nd round pick of the Rangers, will be returning for a 5th season in Charlotte. He was hampered by a now-corrected hip condition that limited him to 33 games last season, with 13G15A and 28PIM.


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While not quite as busy as the Rangers, Checkers Coach/GM Derek Wilkinson has started to make moves for the upcoming season. The first player signed for 2008 is defenseman Kenny Smith, returning for 3rd season to the Queen City. Over the past 2 seasons, the 26 year-old former Oilers draft pick has played in 117 games for the Checkers, with 3 goals, 15 assists, and 151PIM. Over those 2 seasons, he also appeared in 14 games for 3 different AHL franchises, including 3 for the Pack.

The second player signed for 2008 is forward Lee Falardeau. The 24 year-old Falardeau, a former 2nd round pick of the Rangers, will be returning for a 5th season in Charlotte. He has hampered by a now-corrected hip condition that limited him to 33 games last season, with 13G15A and 28PIM.
i know this might be a dumb question but any chance falardeau gets signed in the future?

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07-05-2008, 10:02 PM
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The Checkers extended qualifying offers to 8 players, the maximum allowed by ECHL rules.

Jeff Kryzakos, F
Chris Capraro, F
Mark Smith, D
Jared Nightingale, D
Matt Waddell, D
Ryan Murphy, F
Trevor Frischmon, F
Colin Sinclair, F

Nightingale, Waddell, and Murphy all were called up to the Wolf*Pack during the season.


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Thanks for the update bmoak.

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i know this might be a dumb question but any chance falardeau gets signed in the future?
Signed by the Rangers or by another team to an NHL contract? No chance.

If he proves he's over his hip injury, some team might take a flyer on signing him to an AHL PTO during the season if they need a defensive specialist forward.

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Checkers going overseas:

Kenton Smith, D signed with Manchester Phoenix of the British Elite League.
Clayton Barthel, D signed with EV Landsberg 2000 in the German 1st Division.
Rick Kozak, F signed with the Hull Stingrays of the British Elite League.
Chris Capraro, F signed with EHC Freiburg in the German Oberliga (2nd Division)
Matt Waddell, D signed with Boras HC in the Allsvenskan (Swedish 1st Divsion)


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Checkers going overseas:

Kenton Smith, D signed with Manchester Phoenix of the British Elite League.
Clayton Barthel, D signed with EV Landsberg 2000 in the German 2nd Division.
Rick Kozak, F signed with the Hull Stingrays of the British Elite League.
As I recall, for a brief while we thought Kozak mike have some NHL potential - obviously it didn't pan out, but the fact that he and Smith are going to the British Elite League makes me wonder. I've never heard of the British Elite League - is it new? Is it perhaps an old league that's trying to step up it's level of competitiveness? I'm much more accustomed to hearing of once NHL prospects going over to the Swiss, German, Swedish, Czech and of course Russian leagues...

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The British Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) has been around since 2003. Before that, it was known as the British Ice hockey SuperLeague (BISL). It's probably most famous because Theo Fleury ended his career playing for the Belfast Giants.

The EIHL is becoming a popular destination for minor-league vets at the ECHL/CHL level. First, a player signing there doesn't have to worry about language issues. Second, because the EIHL depends much more on Canadian and American imports than other European leagues, they play a more North American style. I would say that the level of play is slightly below ECHL-level.

IIRC, there used to be a poster on this board who worked for an EIHL team. londonranger, perhaps?

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The British Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) has been around since 2003. Before that, it was known as the British Ice hockey SuperLeague (BISL). It's probably most famous because Theo Fleury ended his career playing for the Belfast Giants.

The EIHL is becoming a popular destination for minor-league vets at the ECHL/CHL level. First, a player signing there doesn't have to worry about language issues. Second, because the EIHL depends much more on Canadian and American imports than other European leagues, they play a more North American style. I would say that the level of play is slightly below ECHL-level.

IIRC, there used to be a poster on this board who worked for an EIHL team. londonranger, perhaps?
The very favorable exchange rate doesn't hurt either, I'm sure!

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The British Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) has been around since 2003. Before that, it was known as the British Ice hockey SuperLeague (BISL). It's probably most famous because Theo Fleury ended his career playing for the Belfast Giants.

The EIHL is becoming a popular destination for minor-league vets at the ECHL/CHL level. First, a player signing there doesn't have to worry about language issues. Second, because the EIHL depends much more on Canadian and American imports than other European leagues, they play a more North American style. I would say that the level of play is slightly below ECHL-level.

IIRC, there used to be a poster on this board who worked for an EIHL team. londonranger, perhaps?
Thanks for the info!

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The Checkers have announced their 3rd signing for the upcoming season: 22 year-old forward Jeff Kyrzakos will return for another season in Charlotte. Last year, the 3rd year pro was a late season trade pickup and had season totals of 21G23A for 54Pts and 53PIM in 74 games.

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The Checkers have announced their 4th and 5th signings for the upcoming season.

Matthew Ford, F is a recent graduate of the U. of Wisconsin and won a championship with the Badgers, playing right wing on the checking line. The 23-year old played 124 games, totaling 21 goals, 18 assists, and 100PIM. He was drafter by Chicago in the 8th Round in 2004, but was unsigned.

Dan McGoff, D spent the last four years as a blueliner for Boston University. The 22-year old suited up for 94 games, totaling 5 goals, 5 assists, and 48 PIM.


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Checkers President Jeff Longo has left the team to take a position with the New Jersey Devils as VP of Marketing/Community Relations. During his tenure with the Checkers, the team ranked third overall in the ECHL in attendance.

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Thanks for the updates bmoak, much appreciated!

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Keep 'em coming bmoak. Love keeping up with the goings-on in Charlotte.

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The Checkers have announced their 6th player signed for the upcoming season.

Peter-James Corsi, C is a rookie who played for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL, where he was a teammate of Ryan Hilier, the Rangers' 2006 3rd Round Draft Pick. Last season, the 19 year-old Corsi scored 31 goals and 39 assists for 70 points in 67GP and added 116PIM.

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The Checkers have announced their 6th player signed for the upcoming season.

Peter-James Corsi, C is a rookie who played for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL, where he was a teammate of Ryan Hilier, the Rangers' 2006 3rd Round Draft Pick. Last season, the 19 year-old Corsi scored 31 goals and 39 assists for 70 points in 67GP and added 116PIM.
i know it is a longshot but if he has a good year will he get an NHL contract? Reason I ask is cause Sather usually builds with players that know each other, callahan girardi, drury kalinin. im sure drury had some say in signing kalinin. honestly i would have signed jason smith, he is more gritty but kalinin is a good player. upgrade over struds malik

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Ummm...he'd have to be signed to an AHL contract first...

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The Checkers have announced the 7th and 8th players signed for the upcoming season.

Michel Leveille, F is a second year pro who came out of the U. of Maine program, where he played with Greg Moore. The 26 year-old forward played 41 games for the Toronto Marlies in the AHL last season, tallying 9 goals and 3 assists.

David Rutherford, C is a rookie 21 year-old center just coming off a Memorial Cup Victory with the Spokane Chiefs. In Spokane, Rutherford tallied 22 goals and 21 assists for 43 points in 53 games. He also scored 18 points in 21 games during the Cup run.

Official press release here.

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The Checkers have announced their 9th and 10 players for the upcoming season.

Ethan Graham, D is a second year pro who split time between the ECHL and AHL last season. He played 10 games for the Idaho Steelheads, and then moved up to play 47 games for the Iowa Stars, registering 1 goal, 4 assists, and 36 penalty minutes. The 26 year-old blueliner is a graduate of the Michigan State program, where he was a teammate of Corey Potter.

David McKee, G was acquired from the Phoenix Roadrunners for the rights to Colin Sinclair, F. McKee is a third-year pro, having manned the pipes for 9 games in the AHL and 76 games in the ECHL. McKee played college hockey at Cornell, where he broke Ken Dryden's school records for shutouts and was ECAC Player of the Year in 2004.

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The Checkers have announced their 11th player signed for the upcoming season.

Marty Guerin, F is a 2nd year pro who came out of the Miami of Ohio NCAA program In 4 years at Miami, the 25-year old forward 49 goals and 66 assists for 115 points with 147 penalty minutes in 156 games. In his first pro season with the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL), Guerin totaled 18 goals and 32 assists for 50 points in 68 games, along with 66 PIM. In the Kelly Cup playoffs, he scored 16 points in 17 games, placing him 2nd on the team.

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i know it is a longshot but if he has a good year will he get an NHL contract? Reason I ask is cause Sather usually builds with players that know each other, callahan girardi, drury kalinin. im sure drury had some say in signing kalinin. honestly i would have signed jason smith, he is more gritty but kalinin is a good player. upgrade over struds malik
man, you rush everything...just like your posts....

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Checkers GM/Coach Derek Wilkinson will add Vice-President to his list of team duties in Charlotte.

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The Checkers have announced. their 12th and 13th players for the upcoming season.

Jared Nightingale, D will be returning for a second season with the team. The 25 year-old blueliner measures in at 6'3" and 205lbs and scored 3 goals and 11 assists in 65 games with the Checkers last season, adding 196 PIM and 18 fighting majors. He also was called up for 2 games with the WolfPack. The 3rd year pro had played a total of 26 AHL games with 4 different franchises, totaling 3 goals, 1 assist, and 46 PIM. He was also a member of the Idaho Steelheads' 2007 Kelly Cup Championship team, although he was injured for most of his rookie pro season. Before that, he roamed the bluelines at Michigan State, where he was a teammate of Corey Potter.

Julien Brouillette, D is a 2nd year pro who played for the now-defunct Columbia Inferno (ECHL) last season. The puck-moving defenseman scored 6 goals and added 11 assists and 55PIM.

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