IHL Add New Rules

by Andrew Bourgeois
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The IHL’s annual summer meeting in Chicago concluded with a number of rule changes for the upcoming IHL season, also new board members were elected.
With the loss of the Long Beach Ice Dogs to the WCHL and the Michigan K-Wings the IHL’s Board of Govenors sat in Chicago to discuss numerious changes to the league for the 2000-01 IHL season. One of the first things the board looked at was the alignment of the league. Last season the league split the teams into 2 conferences, with the Eastern Confernce consisting of teams with full NHL affiliations, and with the Western Conference with teams with partial affiliations or no affiliations at all. The Conferences basically remain the same with Kansas City and Utah being the only 2 teams in the west with full affilations. This is the alignment of the league for the 2000-01 season.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Cincinnati Cyclones
Cleveland Lumberjacks
Detroit Vipers
Grand Rapids Griffins
Milwaukee Admirals
Orlando Solar Bears

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Chicago Wolves
Houston Aeros
Kansas City Blades
Manitoba Moose
Utah Grizzlies

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Red Wings News and Notes

by Matt Condon
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At the age of 66, coach Scotty Bowman will be returning for another season behind the Red Wings’ bench. Bowman’s return, along with the re-signing of veteran defenseman Larry Murphy, could spell bad news for young defensemen Jiri Fischer and Jesse Wallin. With Murphy back, the Red Wings defense reads as follows: Niklas Lidstrom, Chirs Chelios, Steve Duchesne, Larry Murphy, Todd Gill, Aaron Ward, Jiri Fischer, and Jesse Wallin. Throw in a Mathieu Dandenault, and possibly a Yan Golubovsky, and that proves a very deep defensive corps. With so many veterans, you’d expect fatigue and injury alone to fetch some playing time for the likes of Fischer and Wallin, either also very capable of beating out their veteran couterparts for a spot in the every day lineup. But, factor in Scotty Bowman’s affinity for veteran players, and the rumored strong push by Wings GM Ken Holland to sign Unrestricted Free Agent Mathieu Schneider, and you can almost see possible playing time for youngsters like Fischer and Wallin fading into the distance. If the Wings manage to add Schneider to their already deep blueline, Wallin will likely end up wasting away in the AHL for another season, while Fischer watches the big club play from the press box. All and all, not a great time to be a young defenseman for the Detroit Red Wings franchise.

Thrashers Sign Restricted Free Agent Andreas Karlsson

by pbadmin
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The Atlanta Thrashers have agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Andreas Karlsson, according to Don Waddell, vice president and general manager for the team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Karlsson spent the majority of last season with the Thrashers, tallying 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 51 games. In 18 matches with
the Orlando Solar Bears, Karlsson registered five goals and five assists for 10 points.

The 24-year-old forward has represented Sweden in international competition on three occasions in his career. He skated in five matches as a
member of the World Championship Team in 1995 and was a member of the 1994-95 Swedish Junior National Team that won the bronze medal. He registered two goals and two assists for four points in seven games.

Karlsson was also a member of the under-18 team that won the gold medal at the 1992-93 European Junior Championships, tallying four points (one
goal, three assists) in four games.

The 6-3, 200-pound center has recorded 118 points (57 goals, 61 assists) in 229 career matches with Leksand over seven seasons in the Swedish
Elite League. The native of Ludvika, Sweden, was originally selected by Calgary in the eighth round, 148th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Karlsson was acquired by the Thrashers in a trade with the Calgary Flames following the 1999 NHL Expansion Draft.

(The Team also announced the signing of Donald Audette, another RFA)

Commodore moves on to NHL

by Brian Schultz
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University of North Dakota Junior defenseman Mike Commodore has made it
official. He’s moving on to the NHL. The 42nd pick overall a year ago by the
New Jersey Devils, Commodore put his signature to a three year deal on
Friday (7/14). The two time WCHA All-Academic team member will be scheduled
for rookie training camp August 1st.

Meanwhile, Dany Heatley, the NHL’s No. 2 draft choice, announced that will
return to Wisconsin rather than join the Atlanta Thrashers. Heatley decided
during a visit to Atlanta to return to college rather than turn pro,
Thrashers spokesman Tom Hughes said. The 19-year-old left winger paid his
own way but did visit Thrashers facilities and meet with team officials,
Hughes said. Heatley does not have an agent, thereby keeping his NCAA
eligibility. The Thrashers will retain his rights should he join the NHL
next year. Heatley scored 28 goals and assisted on 28 others during his
freshman year. He was the rookie of the year in the Western Collegiate
Hockey Association.

Time to let Baumgartner go

by Jeff Charlesworth
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Unless you’ve been a Capitals fan for about five or six years, you would think that Nolan Baumgartner is just another minor league defenseman that never made it. To those following the Caps in 1994, Baumgartner was the potential cornerstone of our defense corps and future star. After four years of minor pro without breaking through to the NHL full-time, it seems that he won’t live up to the expectations heaped upon him. Since he is a Free Agent this off-season, it may be time to consider letting him leave to continue his career elsewhere.

Earlier this season, Washington GM George McPhee traded away Alexandre Volchkov and Jaroslav Svejkovsky – first round picks from 1996. Capitals fans were outraged, and they wondered how he could give up on two good, young players. Last month at the Entry Draft, McPhee dealt 1995 first-rounder Miika Elomo to Calgary. Although many fans were skeptical about the deal, they didn’t take it as hard as the previous trades. McPhee has been able to make those trades without losing face because it was David Poile who drafted those players and tabbed them as future stars. Now the time has come to part ways with Baumgartner, even though he was once seen as a “can’t miss” prospect.
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