Vancouver Canucks’ farm team will switch leagues and teams next season.
Canuck assistant general manager Dave Nonis said Thursday the National Hockey League team plans to move its minor-league team from Kansas City to Winnipeg for next season.
The minor-league Canucks will also switch leagues because AHL governors voted unanimously to expand and absorb the money-losing International Hockey League.
Vancouver wanted to use the Moose as its minor-league affiliate last season, but the Manitoba franchise’s insistence that ex-Winnipeg Jet Randy Carlyle remain as coach was a deal-breaker for the Canucks.
The NHL club then signed a one-year operating agreement with Kansas City.
Nonis said the coaching hurdle has been removed and the Canucks will name their own coach, although minor-league bench boss Stan Smyl has yet to sign a new contract with Vancouver.
Nonis cautioned, however, there are other contractual matters to be resolved with the Moose.
“It is likely that it’s going to happen,” Nonis said of the farm’s return to Canada for the first time since 1994, when Canuck minor-leaguers moved to Syracuse, N.Y., from Hamilton. “We were really happy with both leagues. From our standpoint, the 1/8 AHL expansion 3/8 won’t make a difference. If you have your own development team, that’s the best way to go.”
IHL PLAYOFF RECAPP FROM SUNDAY MAY 13, 2001
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WBS 3 Stars of the Week 3/12 – 3/18
Eric Meloche- Meloche may be the most improved player of the year for the Pens. Started his first professional season a little slow, but he’s adjusted and has risen his level of play significantly. This week, he led the Pens with 3 goals and 2 assists. Scored 2 goals and added an assist in a win over Norfolk
Alexandre Mathieu- Another vastly improved player from the beginning of the season. Alex had goals in the Norfolk and Hamilton games.
Milan Kraft- Milan continues his stellar play with a goal and 3 assists.
Crozier 27 (3)
Peterson 25 (3)
Slaney 19 (3)
Kraft 17 (2)
Caron 15 (2)
Parent 11 (1)
Tibbetts 10 (1)
Cull 9 (1)
Laing 8 (1)
Meloche 7 (1)
Ference 6 (1)
Zevahkin 6 (1)
Kelleher 5 (1)
Rozsival 5 (1)
WBS 3 Stars of the Week 3/19 – 3/25
Rich Parent- Rich had an excellent week, recording 2 wins and stopping 78-79 shots with 2 shutouts.
2nd Star: Milan Kraft- Kraft continues to be the Pens best player, week in and out, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists this week, including a 3 point game in the blowout of Worcester.
3rd Star: Toby Peterson- Toby had an excellent game vs. Worcester, scoring 2 goals and adding an assist.
Crozier 27 (3)
Peterson 26 (3)
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Bryan Allen probably made the biggest jump of any Canuck prospect this season, he had a very good season in Kansas City, and figures into the mix for next season with the big club.
Stats for 2000-01 for Allen
Kansas City (IHL) 75 GP 5G 20A 25PTS 99 PIM
Vancouver (NHL) 6GP 0G 0A 0P 0 PIM
Overall this season B+
Future Potential B+
He should be a better than average defender for the Canucks in the future.
Artem Chubarov was a high draft pick by the Canucks back in 1998. He will be a big part of the Canucks’ future, being a good two-way player for them. He has shown a lot of promise thus far, but hasn’t been able to stay healthy for long enough to keep his good thing going.
Stats for 2001 for Chubarov
Kansas City (IHL) 10GP 7G 4A 11PTS 12 PIM
Vancouver (NHL) 1GP 0G 0A 0PTS 0 PIM
Overall this season Incomplete
Future Potential A-
If he can stay healthy, I can see him hitting 60-70 points someday.
Possibly one of the biggest steals of the 1999 draft, Rene Vydareny had a great season for Rimouski of the QMJHL in 1999-00, but a contractual problem with his club team back in Slovakia caused him to miss more than half of this season, and as a result, he looked rusty and out of place with the Blades in his audition.
Stats for 2001 for Vydareny
Kansas City (IHL) 39GP 0G 1A 1PTS 25 PIM
Overall this season C
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