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2018 Rocket/ECHL Team TBD Offseason Thread

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Here's an overview of how Laval's roster looks so far - we'll use this thread for any roster (or affiliation) news.

 

Confirmed Newcomers

 

RW Morgan Adams-Moisan (Drummondville, QMJHL)

LW Kenny Agostino (Providence, AHL)

C Alexandre Alain (Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL)

RW Alex Belzile (San Antonio, AHL)

RW Will Bitten (Hamilton, AHL)

C Michael Chaput (Utica, AHL)

D Ryan Culkin (Fort Wayne, ECHL)

C Jake Evans (Notre Dame, NCAA)

RW Alexandre Grenier (Springfield, AHL)

RW Nikita Jevpalovs (Dinamo Riga, KHL)

D Maxim Lamarche (Lehigh Valley, AHL)

C Phelix Martineau (Cape Breton, QMJHL)

G Etienne Marcoux (Indy, ECHL)

D T.J. Melancon (Norfolk, ECHL)

D Michal Moravcik (Plzen, Czech Extraliga)

C Michael Pezzetta (Sudbury, OHL)

D David Sklenicka (Plzen, Czech Extraliga)

C Lukas Vejdemo (Djurgardens, SHL)

C Hayden Verbeek (Sudbury, OHL)

 

(C Jesperi Kotkaniemi is signed and eligible to play in Laval but he could also go back to Finland.)

 

Confirmed Departures

D Simon Bourque (Winnipeg)

C Adam Cracknell (Toronto)

C Markus Eisenschmid (Mannheim, DEL)

G Zach Fucale (Vegas)

RW Jeremy Gregoire (Milwaukee, AHL)

D Stefan LeBlanc (Toronto, AHL)

D Tom Parisi (unqualified RFA)

RW Nikita Scherbak* (will be on Montreal's roster full-time)

LW Chris Terry (Detroit)

 

AHL Free Agents

LW Jordan Boucher

LW David Broll

C Thomas Ebbing

D Eric Gelinas

C Niki Petti

LW Yannick Veilleux

 

(This excludes players that finished last year on ATOs...and there were a lot of them)

 

Question Marks

D Cale Fleury (eligible to turn pro but could still play in the WHL)

D Noah Juulsen (full-time in Montreal?)

D Brett Lernout* (do they risk it or keep him as the spare D?)

C Michael McCarron* (do they waive him or keep him at the end of the roster?)

D Xavier Ouellet*(V) (does he make it down?)

 

(Given the uncertainty, these players are not included in the lines below.)

 

Projected Lineup

Agostino*(V-) - Chaput*(V) - Grenier(V)

Rychel*(V-) - Froese(V)* - Audette

Vejdemo(E) - Evans - Belzile

Addison - Verbeek - Bitten

 

Reserves: Jevpalovs, Waked

ECHL: Adams-Moisan, Alain, Martineau, Pezzetta

 

Valiev* - Taormina(V)*

Moravcik(E) - Sklenicka(E)

Lamarche - Melancon

 

Reserve: Culkin

ECHL: Plant

 

Lindgren

McNiven

 

ECHL: Marcoux

 

Notes

(*) - Must clear waivers to get to the minors

(E) - European Assignment Clause

(V) - Veteran, minimum 320 pro GP (AHL, NHL, European Pro) as of the end of 2017-18 [Max of 5 skaters in this category can dress per game]
(V-) - Veteran, between 260-319 pro GP [An additional 1 skater in this category can be classed as a development player; more than 1 can play if the max veterans aren't dressed]

 

Qualifying leagues towards the veteran GP calculation: NHL, AHL, NLA, Czech Extraliga, Slovak Extraliga, KHL, SHL, SM-liiga, and DEL.  Only regular season games count towards the calculation.

 

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6 minutes ago, Machine of Loving Grace said:

Are the Beast no longer affiliated with the Habs/Rocket?

 

They haven't announced their affiliate yet.  Given how bad Montreal has been to them and how Ottawa wound up stocking them way more than the Habs did, I expect Brampton will name Ottawa as their affiliate and make the Habs look elsewhere.

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I guess Belleville let it slip that they are affiliated with Brampton.

 

Rapid City, Fort Wayne, Orlando, and Greenville are all currently without an affiliate. I would love to see the Solar Bears be the affiliate. Fort Wayne is one of the oldest ECHL teams, so I could see that being an appeal. Nothing close to Laval or Montreal unless they get an expansion team.

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1 hour ago, Machine of Loving Grace said:

I guess Belleville let it slip that they are affiliated with Brampton.

 

Rapid City, Fort Wayne, Orlando, and Greenville are all currently without an affiliate. I would love to see the Solar Bears be the affiliate. Fort Wayne is one of the oldest ECHL teams, so I could see that being an appeal. Nothing close to Laval or Montreal unless they get an expansion team.

 

Closeness is less a consideration with echl than it is with ahl.

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19 minutes ago, Commandant said:

 

Closeness is less a consideration with echl than it is with ahl.

 

No doubt, but it seems to be important to some teams. Ottawa will now have all three teams in a close proximity, same with Chicago, Detroit, and Philly.

 

I'm good with taking the Solar Bears from the Leafs, even if the DeVos family owned it.

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Jeremy Gregoire has signed an AHL deal with Milwaukee.  I thought that if he had to settle for a minor league contract, he could have been back in Laval.

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Stefan LeBlanc signs an AHL deal with the Marlies.  He had a nice start to last season but seemed to tail off down the stretch.

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It could still be a few weeks before Laval's other assistant coach gets named.

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10 hours ago, Habopotamus said:

Burrows signs on as assistant coach in Laval. 

 

Expect the unexpected.

 

I'm not against an assistant coach position in the AHL. I still believe players should work their way up from the bottom so they learn and make mistakes in the junior leagues before they touch the AHL, but I have more confidence in this with Bouchard as coach than Lefebvre.

 

The reason why we never saw Doug Gilmour as a coach in Toronto is because he tried coaching the Frontenacs and realized he had absolutely zero coaching ability. You never want to be Gretzky in Phoenix or Richard in the WHA finding that out the hard way.

 

EDIT: Good article about Burrows, flowery and a bit worshippy, but it has players discussing how Burrows had an IQ for the game which usually makes the most sense for players transitioning to coach https://theprovince.com/sports/hockey/nhl/vancouver-canucks/veteran-nhl-forward-burrows-retires-after-13-seasons

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It's a good hire, emblematic of what the Habs must do, i.e., vacuum up and groom as many promising French-speaking coaching talents as possible. I heard Marc Crawford on Vancouver radio, before this hiring was announced, predicting that Burrows would make an excellent coach. Good move by the organization.

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