Justin Pogge is hoping to return to North America for the 2015-16 season.
The 29-year-old spent this season with Farjestads in the Swedish Hockey League posting a 13-13-0 record to go a long with a 2.01 G.A.A. and a .926 save percentage.
“I would love a deal that would give me the best chance at getting back into the NHL,” Pogge told PHT. “A one-way deal would ideal.”
Pogge has one year remaining on his deal in the SHL, but the contract carries an NHL-out clause meaning he can sign in North America prior to June 15.
Originally a third-round selection (90th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2004, Pogge last played in North America with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League during the 2011-12 season.
Pogge made seven appearances with the Leafs during the 2008-09 season posting a 1-4-1 record.
It appears there are more changes coming for the 2015-16 American Hockey League season.
The Florida Panthers, who are currently affiliated with the San Antonio Rampage, are expected to partner with the Portland Pirates next season. The Pirates are currently affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes.
According to Texas Stars beat reporter Sean Shapiro, San Antonio could be the new affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes beginning next season. The Rampage and Coyotes were affiliated from 2005 to 2011.
Fox Sports reported last month that the Coyotes would ultimately like to have their affiliate in Arizona, but that would require the team to purchase a franchise and relocate it.
The Portland Press Herald reports the Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears are currently in negotiations and are expected to announce a new affiliation agreement as early as this week.
The Coyotes and Panthers’ affiliation swap is just the latest in what has been a busy few months for the American Hockey League.
Last week the Montreal Canadiens announced they would relocate from Hamilton to St. John’s next season with the Winnipeg Jets moving its AHL affiliate to Winnipeg.
In January the AHL announced a new Pacific Division for the 2015-16 season, which will feature five teams playing in California.
The Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks will all have their top development club playing in the new division.
All right, you’re hurting for real hockey action during the lockout and fortunately for you the AHL season began this weekend. Philly’s young prospect Brayden Schenn wants to remind you that he’s capable of doing really nifty things when he has the puck.
Check out Schenn scoring a sweet shorthanded goal for the Adirondack Phantoms against the Portland Pirates, Phoenix’s farm team. His slick puck moving helps him fake out David Rundblad horribly before he stuffs it backhanded past Chad Johnson.
The Phantoms went on to beat the Pirates 6-3 with Schenn scoring twice and adding an assist.