The 34-year-old defenseman signed an AHL contract to remain in the organization. Newsday's Arthur Staple reported that Carkner will have a player/coach role in Bridgeport (August 11).
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Leblanc has spent the majority of his career in the American Hockey League with the Hamilton Bulldogs and most recently the Norfolk Admirals. In 71 games last season with the Admirals, he recorded 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points. ?Leblanc?did appear in 42 NHL games in 2011-12 with the Canaidens, where he put up?10 points (five goals, five assists). He played in another eight NHL contests in 2013-14.
Staffan was the president of the Islanders' AHL affiliate for 10 years and was let go on Tuesday from his position. He also spent four years running Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment, the company that operates Webster Bank Arena (IPB, June 3).
Islanders owner Charles Wang controls both the Sound Tigers and Harbor Yards Sports and Entertainment. It is unclear at the moment if Picker will work in Bridgeport, on Long Island, or a combination of the two (Fornabio, June 4).
Bridgeport, the Islanders AHL farm team, played the 2014-15 campaign in the Northeast Division. They will remain in the same division as the Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers) and the Springfield Falcons (Arizona Coyotes), but will see five new clubs enter their division.
Joining the Sound Tigers in the Atlantic Division will be the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals), Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers), Portland Pirates (Florida Panthers), Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins), and the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins).
The Sound Tigers' center, who made his NHL debut in February with the Islanders, scored a lacrosse style goal during Bridgeport's 7-1 win over the Binghamton?Senators. The goal came 2:19 into the first period of the matinee contest. Sebastian Colberg missed the net on a shot and the puck found its' way to the stick of Kevin Czuczman. The Sound Tiger defenseman sent the puck to Mouillierat behind the net and that's when he scored.
The Sound Tigers, the Islanders' AHL affiliate, will host a Pucks and Pigskins Night during this Saturday's game against the Portland Pirates. Fans who bring deflated footballs to the arena will receive $10 off their tickets. The footballs will be inflated?and donated to?the Cardinal Sheehan Center in Bridgeport. Deflated basketballs and volleyballs will also be accepted.
Fans who show up to the game in a football jersey or other football attire will get a $5 off their tickets.
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If you have spent anytime on the internet over the last few days you've seen numerous hockey stars taking part in the "Ice Bucket Challenge." Participants dump buckets of ice water onto their heads to help raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. NHL stars such as Craig Adams, Zdeno Chara and Sidney Crosby have all accepted the challenge... And now the Islanders have gotten in on the fun via their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
The 5-6, 170-pound winger's game is tenacious and feisty. Playing such a game has enabled him to record 85 points in 122 AHL games in Albany.
"He's playing with intensity, he's competing," Albany coach Rick Kowalsky said Sunday after Albany's 2-0 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. "He's not a big guy, but he's strong on the puck. He's been doing it all for us.
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Yet, somehow Albany's power play found a way to be worse.
Albany was 0-for-3, failing to score on a 5-minute first-period major. Plus, when given a third-period man advantage, the Devils surrendered a shorthanded goal-- the game-winner in the Bridgeport Sound Tigers' 2-0 win.