The Boston Bruins continue their end-of-season housekeeping with the announcement that theyve come to an agreement with the East Coast Hockey Leagues South Carolina Stingrays as one of their minor league affiliates.
The Stingrays were the former ECHL home of Bruins forward Rich Peverley, who put up 30 goals and 58 points in 69 games before graduating to the AHL.
Peverley, Martin Biron and Braden Holtby are among the more well-known alumni of the Stingrays that have gone on to bigger and better things at the NHL level over the last 20 years.
Now the Bruins will be able to designated their minor league players there during the 2012-13 hockey season. The Stingrays have played in North Charleston, South Carolina since 1993 and are the first professional ice hockey team established in the beautiful golf-happy state of South Carolina.
The Stingrays served as the affiliate for the Washington Capitals for the last nine seasons from 2004-2012, and the Bruins had previously had an ECHL affiliate agreement with the Reading Royals from 2009-2012.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while so glad to see Dave Strader getting the play-by-play call in this afternoon’s national NBC broadcast of Stars and Bruins from Dallas.
-- Jeremy Roenick weighs in with some trade possibilities involving Avalanche and Blues players in what could be a blockbuster at the deadline.
-- Antoine Vermette acknowledges his wrongdoing in making a statement about his 10-game suspension for slashing an official, but feels like the punishment was too severe.
-- Don Cherry wishes a happy 40th anniversary to Slap Shot while wearing a Charleston Chiefs jersey as he hosts Coaches Corner.
-- Speaking of Slap Shot, what an Old Time Hockey fight between the AHL's Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. It spilled into the hallway afterward . . . that’s when things get real.
-- I've been asked multiple times about the white Boston hat David Pastrnak is always wearing in the Bruins dressing room, so here it is.
-- Here’s all the Dallas Stars info you need ahead of this afternoon’s 11:30 a.m. local start in Dallas for the Stars and Bruins.
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning indicating that the mumps outbreak for his team won’t impact the trade deadline.
-- For something completely different: the headline seems a little click baity to me, but I’ll read about anything involving Homer Simpson and the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.