Jets partner with ECHL’s Tulsa Oilers


The Winnipeg Jets will have a new East Coast Hockey League affiliate for the 2015-16 season.

The club announced it has partnered with the Tulsa Oilers for next season. The Jets were affiliated with the ECHL’s Ontario Reign last season, but Ontario is now the AHL affiliate of the L.A. Kings.

“We are pleased to embark on our new partnership with the Tulsa Oilers,” said Jets’ assistant GM Craig Heisinger. “Tulsa is an organization that shares our level of commitment to success and we look forward to working together to provide our players’ opportunities to further develop themselves on and off the ice.”

The Oilers, who have not had an NHL affiliate since partnering with the Colorado Avalanche and Lake Erie Monsters in 2010-11, have a history with Winnipeg. Tulsa served as the Jets’ primary affiliate from 1979-1982.

Jason Christie, who was named the new head coach of the Oilers last Thursday, has strong ties to the Jets organization as well. Christie had two separate stints with the Manitoba Moose during his playing days appearing in 88 games. He was also an assistant coach with the Chicago Wolves from 2008-10 under current Jets’ GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.

Most recently Christie served was the head coach of the Ontario Reign – the Jets’ ECHL affiliate since 2013-14.

“We are thrilled to enter into this partnership with the Jets and the Moose,” said Oilers GM Taylor Hall. “Both teams are first-class organizations that share our commitment to winning and not only is this an exciting day for our fans, but it is also an important day for our players who want to continue their development and succeed at the next level.”

In May the Jets announced its new AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, would play at the MTS Centre beginning next season.

Jackets’ prospect Oscar Dansk loaned to Swedish club

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After struggling in his first professional season in North America, goaltender Oscar Dansk is heading to Sweden for the 2015-16 season.

Dansk, originally a second-round pick (31st overall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2012 NHL Draft, spent the 2014-15 season between the AHL’s Springfield Falcons and ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings.

“I got away from my game a little bit because I felt like I wasn’t playing really well, so (I) tried to find a solution,” Dansk told The Columbus Dispatch. “I maybe should have just built on my game and made it stronger. I got away from my game, which probably hurt me in the long run.”

In 21 AHL games Dansk went 7-7-5 with a 3.57 G.A.A. and a .880 save percentage. The 21-year-old was 1-8-0 while posting a 3.73 G.A.A. and a .889 save percentage in 11 games with Kalamazoo.

“He didn’t have a great season in Springfield, so there was some concern,” said Blue Jackets’ goaltending coach Ian Clark. “Sometimes he slips mentally and starts to overcompensate, but when he’s strong in his game and he’s trusting in his game, he’s a very good goaltender. We’ve got to get rid of those fluctuations where his mind flips. His core assets are real strong.”

Dansk will play next season on loan to Rogle BK, a first-division Swedish League team.

“I’m just going to work every day,” he said. “I have a schedule with fewer games over in Sweden, so I’ll have more time in practices to really nail down a few things and just take my time and not rush into things.”

PHT Morning Skate: Ovechkin surprises couple who lost home to a fire


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Alex Ovechkin surprised two fans that lost their house and most prized possessions in a fire by giving them an autographed jersey.

NHL general managers will honor Bryan Murray tonight as all 30 GMs get together in Boca Raton, Florida for the GMs meetings. (Ottawa Sun)

New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang isn’t worried about his critics. (Sportsnet)

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Senators’ goaltender Andrew Hammond, better known these days as “The Hamburglar”, picked up a burger off the ice following Ottawa’s 2-1 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

On Saturday night the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones wore jerseys resembling the famous Iron Man suit. (Puck Daddy)

Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner recently met and signed autographs for a fan who beat him at words with friends. (RMNB)

During a stoppage in play between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders on Saturday night Carey Price posed for a selfie with a fan. You can see the image here.

Oilers’ prospect Ty Rimmer recovering from testicular cancer

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Edmonton Oilers prospect Ty Rimmer announced via twitter on Wednesday that he underwent surgery for testicular cancer.

According to The Bakersfield Californian, Rimmer left the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors a few weeks ago for “health issues”.

The 22-year-old goaltender said he had tumor removed two weeks ago and is expected to make a full recovery.

Rimmer has appeared in 25 games with the Condors this season recording an 8-11-3 record.

He is the second Oilers’ prospect to suffer from the disease.

In November 2012, Brandon Davidson was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The 23-year-old made a full recovery and is currently playing with Edmonton’s American Hockey League affiliate in Oklahoma.

PHT Morning Skate: Preseason scratches get new jobs in Anaheim


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

So you’re on the Anaheim Ducks’ roster and you’re not suiting up for a preseason game, what do you do? Players got behind the counter at a recent preseason game to work the concession stands at the Honda Center. (Bar Down)

There seems to be a common theme with respect to injuries in the NHL over the last 48 hours or so. Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal suffered a broken bone in his leg during an odd collision on Tuesday night. Rangers forward Derek Stepan is also sidelined with a fracutured fibula. The latest comes from Nashville where team mascot Gnash has been placed on “injured reserve” with a broken leg suffered during training. (Predators website)

Teams across the hockey world are known to have various items players wear as player of the game – usually handed out by teammates following a victory. The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League have gone one step further. Check out Nick Betz of the Otters modelling their player of the game outfit (via Craig Button):

Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau is looking to put last season behind him. After winning the Calder Trophy in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, Huberdeau scored just nine goals and 19 assists in 69 games in 2013-14. (theScore)

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture is expected to resume skating Thursday after an awkward fall during the team’s preseason game in Vancouver. (San Jose Mercury News)

There have been rumours of a merger between the East Coast Hockey League and Central Hockey League. The latest comes from hockey agent Darryl Wolski. (via Twitter)

Every player who had a NHL contract during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season will receive a bonus check on Oct. 15 as the first of three “transition payments”.  This includes players such as Chris Pronger, who last played during the 2011-12 season. (Philadelphia Daily News)