Springfield Falcons

Content regarding the Springfield Falcons organization.

Springfield, Tampa Bay to Terminate Deal?

According to a report in today's Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, despite Springfield Falcons President and General Manager Bruce Landon denying Edmonton rumors at a recent booster club meeting, the newspaper states, "It’s widely believed that both sides will agree to terminate the deal, opening the door for Edmonton to align with Springfield and Tampa Bay to move its prospects south to Norfolk."

Landon had informed Falcons boosters the fact the AHL club and Lightning have two years left on their current affiliation deal.

The Times Leader cited a story in Sunday’s Edmonton Journal stating the Oilers could announce an affiliation deal with the Springfield Falcons shortly.

The Times Leader reported media sources in both Springfield, Mass., and Edmonton, Alberta, couldn’t confirm the Journal report, but the sources said that chances are good that the deal could come to fruition, possibly within the next week.

Springfield has been the Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate for the past three seasons.

The Falcons are in the midst of their eighth straight losing season.

AHL Game Day 3/11: Falcons at Wolf Pack

Springfield gets their butts handed to them.

SPR-0
HFD-5

Jonathan Boutin allowed 5 goals on 36 shots in the loss. The Falcons were outshot 36-14 in the game including a shell shocking 16-3 in the decisive opening frame in which Hartford leapt out to a 3-0 lead. Defenseman Joe Rullier made an inauspicious Falcons debut registering a -3 rating in the game, just slightly better than the team's top line veterans who each checked in at -4. Springfield allowed a disgusting two shorthanded talleys in the game.

First Period
HFD Immonen, (12) (Baranka, Degon), 6:29 (SH)
HFD Immonen, (13) (Byers), 10:52
HFD Dawes, (16) (Jessiman, Richter), 19:24

Second Period
HFD Callahan, (34) (Byers, Liffiton), 7:05

Third Period
HFD Callahan, (35) (Immonen), 3:51 (SH)

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Republican Addresses Rumors

In today’s Springfield Republican they briefly mention the Edmonton rumors:

Quote:
Falcons president and general manager Bruce Landon met with the Booster Club prior to the game. "We have two years left on our deal with Tampa Bay," Landon said, debunking a rumor that Edmonton was planning to become Springfield's parent team next season. "I told our fans that I feel their pain." Landon also assured the fans the Falcons have not been sold and will operate next season.

As Nigel mentioned in the Greco/AHL discussion, Bill Barber and Claude Loiselle canceled their appearance with Springfield fans to watch Mike Lundin play UMass. If Maine's season is indeed finished, and considering Springfield's injuries to their defensemen (Rosehill, Rullier and now Matt Smaby), Lundin could be signed pretty quick - pending education issues, I'm sure.

AHL Game Night 3/10: Bruins at Falcons

Ramo slays Goliath.

PRO-2
SPR-3

Karri Ramo stopped 38 of 40 shots faced for the win. Norm Milley led the way offensively with a pair of goals, including a shorthanded talley. Veteran Eric Healey had the game winning goal and added an assist. Individual helpers belonged to Radek Smolenak and PJ Atherton. In 4 games since his recall, Atherton has 2 goals, 3 points and, just as importantly, a solid even rating.

Brady Greco suited up but did not play in the game for Springfield. Milley, Ramo and Healey were named the game's three stars. Ramo and the Falcons ended a Providence winning streak which had reached six games.

First Period
SPR Milley, (21) (Smolenak), 4:49
PRO Krejci, (23) (Lashoff, Glenn), 18:35 (PP)
SPR Milley, (22) (Healey, Atherton), 19:44 (SH)

Second Period
SPR Healey, (24) , 2:20

Third Period
PRO LeClerc, (1) (Stuart), 9:32

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/9: Pirates at Falcons

Gerald Coleman gets some small measure of revenge.

POR-4
SPR-2

Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 34 shots in the loss. Daniel Corso and PJ Atherton had the Falcons goals. Individual assists belonged to Matt Smaby, Norm Milley, Dan Cavanaugh and Justin Keller. Tonight's game turned on a 5 minute high sticking penalty in the second period on Marek Kvapil which Portland cashed in on twice to assume a lead they never relenquished the rest of the way.

First Period
SPR Corso, (15) (Smaby, Milley), 6:53 (PP)

Second Period
POR Carter, (11) (Salcido, Wilson), 7:06 (PP)
POR Salcido, (6) (Carter, Wilson), 8:52 (PP)
POR Keith, (10) (Hartigan, Weinrich), 9:45 (PP)

Third Period
SPR Atherton, (2) (Cavanaugh, Keller), 7:37
POR Hartigan, (25) , 13:16

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Possible affiliation change ?

Anyone have info on this. It showed up on an Oiler board.

http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=352072

AHL Game Day 3/4: Falcons at Sharks

The streak is over. Falcons win.

SPR-3
WOR-2 (SO)

Karri Ramo stopped 25 of 27 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping a perfect 8 of 8 penalty shots for the shootout victory. For Ramo, who went 0 for February in the win department, it was his first victory since January 19th at Providence. David Spina had a pair of assists in the game while Adam Henrich and PJ Atherton (slipping nicely through a Clear Day loophole) scored Springfield's goals. Matt Smaby and Andy Rogers, freshly dried from a dip in Springfield Republican beat writer Fran Sypek's vitriol, each had primary assists in the game. Daniel Corso, who scored the winning shootout goal, was named first star of the game while Spina took third star honors.

The win breaks the Falcons' 8 game winless streak. Interesting takeaway stats from the game: the Falcons outshot the Sharks 31-27 partly on the strength of Atherton's team high 5 shots on goal. I know someone who wants a contract.

Newly acquired Nick Kuiper was +1 in the game. Joe Rullier did not suit up for the Falcons.

First Period
SPR Henrich, (3) (Smaby, Spina), 7:22
WOR Mink, (19) (Prudden, Cavanagh), 7:37

Second Period
WOR Rome, (7) , 1:14
SPR Atherton, (1) (Rogers, Spina), 6:20 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SPR- Corso
WOR- NONE

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Falcons Clear Day Roster

The AHL released Clear Day rosters for every team in the league today. The Clear Day roster sets the 22 players who are elligible to play for a team the rest of the season and into the playoffs. Exceptions can only be made on an emergency basis in the case of injuries or recalls. These rosters don't prohibit amateur tryout signings or the addition of junior or college prospects once they complete their respective seasons.

Springfield Falcons Clear Day Roster
G Jonathan Boutin
G Karri Ramo

D Sylvain Dufresne
D Mike Egener
D Nick Kuiper
D Andy Rogers
D Jay Rosehill
D Joe Rullier
D Matt Smaby

F Stephen Baby
F Dan Cavanaugh
F Daniel Corso
F Mitch Fritz
F Eric Healey
F Adam Henrich
F Blair Jones
F Justin Keller
F Marek Kvapil
F Stanislav Lascek
F Norm Milley
F David Spina
F Kyle Wanvig

Absent from the list is defenseman PJ Atherton.

Henrich Reassigned to Johnstown

The Johnstown Chiefs today announced that forward Adam Henrich has been assigned to Johnstown from the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

Henrich has appeared in 12 games with Springfield this season, scoring two goals and two assists, while in 32 games with the Chiefs, Henrich has 15 goals and 19 assists.

Andress, Elliott Sent to Johnstown

The Springfield Falcons announced today that defenseman Doug Andress and forward Brandon Elliott have been reassigned to the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL.

Andress played in nine games for the Falcons collecting two assists and 16 penalty minutes. Andress has also appeared in 43 games with the Chiefs this season collecting 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound blueliner remains tied for the Johnstown team lead in scoring among defensemen. Andress played in three games with Springfield during the 2005-06 campaign and scored his first AHL goal as a member of the Falcons last year.

Elliott has appeared in 10 games with Springfield this season collecting one assist and 27 penalty minutes. In 38 games with the Chiefs this year, Elliott has produced 10 goals, four assists, 14 points and 99 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound native of Orangeville, Ontario is in his second season of pro hockey after being drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the fifth round (158th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Elliott spent the entire 2005-06 season with Johnstown collecting 10 goals, seven assists, 17 points and 207 penalty minutes.
(Springfield Falcons press release)

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