Albany Week in Review

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By Mike Buskus

Albany Week in Review #17

Down on the farm: Salomonsson and Zyuzin

They have been with the River Rats long enough for a comment or two: rookie forward Andreas Salomonsson (10 games in Albany) and defenseman Andrei Zyuzin (3 games of a two-week “conditioning stint”).

Touted by some as the next Brian Rafalski at forward (as an older player who spent considerable time in Europe), Andreas Salomonsson was the Devils’ 8th choice, 163rd overall in the 2001 entry draft, listed at 6’1″ and 200#. He made the Devils out of training camp, but lagged all New Jersey players in plus/minus (at -13) after 35 games.

Enter rookies Christian Berglund and Brian Gionta. Bus ticket to Albany for Salomonsson.

For the first week and a half, Salomonsson skated at left wing on Albany’s top line, centered by Steve Guolla. He did not make an immediate impact, with few shots on goal and fewer still hits on opponents. His skating is smooth and passing is accurate. In one early game during his 10-game (to date) visit in Albany, when Brian Gionta was on right wing, Salomonsson fired a pin-point precision pass ahead of Gionta, who was crashing the net, and a nice-redirection goal by Gionta resulted.

Salomonsson has speed and good ice vision, anticipating plays as and before they develop. He has an aversion to physical play and, at times, unloads the puck in a hurry to avoid taking a hit.

The past two games, Salomonsson has been moved from the first line to the second line centered by Mike Rupp (w Read more»

Loose Pucks

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Devils hire Constantine; Former Penguins coach leaves Forge, replaces fired
Robinson

The Island Sports Center and the Pittsburgh Forge are in the market for a
new boss as Kevin Constantine left his roles as center CEO-president and
Pittsburgh Forge general manager to return to the NHL as the New Jersey
Devils’ new coach. He was beneficial in bringing a junior-A hockey team to
the area and building the franchise. Constantine came up with the idea to
join the North American Hockey League, stocking the expansion team with
nearly a dozen local players and establishing a winning system. He hired
coach Chris Imes and assistant John Becanic. Then he joined them and the
players on the ice in the season’s early months, helping to jump-start a
Forge team that currently stands second in the NAHL with a 26-11-2 record.

FORGE NOTCHES 5-3 TRIUMPH OVER PRIDE

NEVILLE ISLAND (Thursday, January 24, 2002) — Read more»

The CHL Daily News

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The CHL Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 27, 2002 is forward
Jason Spezza of the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League.

Spezza, selected second overall in last June’s NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa
Senators, had a seven-point game against the Sarnia Sting on Jan. 25. In
three road games this week, Spezza had five goals and five assists as he
figured in on 10 of Belleville’s 13 goals.

Against Sarnia, Spezza fired three goals and added four assists to lead the
Bulls to a 9-2 victory. The next night in Plymouth, during a 4-3 Belleville
loss, Spezza added one goal and one assist.

His week ended the next night in Windsor, where he scored the Bulls’ lone
goal in a 3-1 loss to the hometown Spitfires.

Spezza beat out the other league winners, including WHL Player of the Week,
forward Justin Kelly of the Saskatoon Blades, and the Quebec Major Junior
Hockey league Players of the Week, Michel Ouellet of the Rimouski Oceanic
(Offensive) and Eric Lafrance of the Hull Olympiques (Defensive).

The CHL Player of the Week is selected from among the three leagues’
nominees and announced in Tuesday’s editions of the CHL Daily News.

CHL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Jan. 29 – Jason Spezza, Belleville Bulls, OHL
Jan. 22 – Jarret Stoll, Kootenay Ice, WHL
Jan. 15 – Brad Boyes, Erie Otters, OHL
Jan. 8 – Ryley Layden, Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL
Dec. 17 – Andre Martineau, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, QMJHL
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In Like Flinn?

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The Kings called up Ryan Flinn and gave him his shot. The result has been a shot in the arm for the Kings.

21-year-old Ryan Flinn came to the Kings a week ago. After being scratched against the Ducks, he got his shot last Thursday in a game against Minnesota. His first scrap was with Brad Brown- a tough customer but no heavyweight. The results- a TKO and Brown has not returned to the ice yet. Flinn showed a vicious right as he disposed of Brown. The fight energized the team and the person who should benefit from Flinn’s arrival the most, Ziggy Palffy, scored a short handed goal just minutes later.

After an uneventful game in L.A. against Colorado, Flinn and the Kings took the ice in Denver Monday night and the fans got what they wanted- Scott Parker and Ryan Flinn squared off. Flinn stung Parker with a solid right that did major damage to Parker’s face. Parker kept his face away from Flinn for a few seconds and then threw a couple crushing rights, one that sent Flinn to a knee. A great fight with Parker getting a slight edge, despite the fact he did not skate again the rest of the evening.

Two fights and two impressive showings. Ryan Flinn has inflicted some damage on two NHL tough guys, and stood toe to toe with one of the toughest- Scott Parker. After watching the Kings get pushed around in the first half of the season, it is apparent that Ryan Flinn is the man right now.

If the choice comes down to the three enforcers who have skated for the Kings this season (Flinn, Brennan and Ken Belanger), Flinn has emerged as the clear leader. F Read more»

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