April 28 2016 11:34PM
The Utica Comets were bounced from the AHL playoffs last night, losing 6-3 to the Albany Devils and dropping the series 3-1. Now that the Canucks farm team is through with their season, the question of head coach Travis Green's future comes to the foray.
.@DarrenDreger: "Travis Green, this is a guy I know has NHL interest."— TSN Radio Vancouver (@TSN1040) April 19, 2016
Assuming everything remains constant, it appears as though Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins will get a chance to right the ship as the club's head coach next season. He survived a third-last finish and exit meetings, so I can't imagine anything changing between now and then. Not to mention the vote of confidence he's received on multiple occasions from Trevor Linden. That helps.
It makes me wonder, though... Does Desjardins deserve another chance at the expense of Vancouver's ability to hire Green? I put the question to the Canucks Army staff, just to be sure. It's certainly an interesting hypothetical.
April 28 2016 09:53PM
(Image courtesy: www.UticaComets.com)
The Utica Comets season has come to a conclusion, as they bowed out of the AHL playoffs tonight, following a 6-3 loss to the Albany Devils. The first round of the AHL playoffs are settled in best of five series, and the Devils were able to dispatch the Comets in four.
Though the final score tells the story of a shellacking, it should be noted that the Comets displayed great resilience, clawing back within two of the Devils before an empty-net marker put the final nail in their season's coffin.
Alexandre Grenier (one goal, one assist) and T.J. Hensick (two goals) led the comeback effort for the Comets. Though Joe Cannata was given the starters nod, it was Richard Bachman who finished the game, appearing in relief of the embattled Comets netminder.
April 28 2016 09:00AM
There isn't much going on in the Canucks prospect world.
Kalamazoo was eliminated from the ECHL playoffs.
Utica is in tough and could be out soon.
Kyle Pettit was eliminated from the OHL playoffs last night.
April 27 2016 05:00PM
Kalamazoo faced the South Carolina Stingrays (Washington Capitals affiliate) in the first round of the ECHL Playoffs. Kalamazoo won 9 of their final ten games to finish the regular season to make the playoffs. South Carolina was the only team hotter than Kalamazoo to finish the regular season. On paper, this series appeared the most mismatched series of the first round. South Carolina being the 2nd seed and Kalamazoo as the 7th seed. All rounds of the ECHL playoffs are a best of 7.
Game 5 was a must-win for Kalamazoo to keep their playoff dreams alive. South Carolina had the 3-1 lead in the series. Kalamazoo starting goalie, Joel Martin, kept the team in the series with stopping everything he could. Kalamazoo won game three at home before the series shifted to South Carolina. Even though South Carolina was the higher seed, the series started in Kalamazoo due to scheduling conflicts in South Carolina. I only attended game five on Saturday but followed the other games online.
April 27 2016 03:00PM
Chris Higgins endured quite the season. The grizzled veteran, who was once a cornerstone in the Canucks top six, was relegated to the lower ranks of the lineup, before being sent to the Utica Comets of the AHL over the course of what was surely a trying a season.
That wasn't the end for Higgins, though, who return to the Canucks lineup down the stretch playing a bit of good old-fashioned inspired, pissed off hockey. It was a crazy year for Higgins, and if you don't believe me, let's meet on the other end of the jump and I'll show you just why.