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[Friday's FTB]: Musical Franchises: AHL, OHL teams are on the move

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Happy days for Winnipeg and Laval, feel bad for St. John's and Belleville. Hamilton is still ok.

Thankfully we will never see the "word" BelleVegas again
Thankfully we will never see the "word" BelleVegas again
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Last night it was announced that the Winnipeg Jets were moving their AHL affiliate to Winnipeg, probably taking on the Manitoba Moose name sine True North owns that name and logo. The Hamilton Bulldogs are moving to St. John's, I don't know if they'll keep the IceCaps name/logo but may as well, since they won't be on The Rock long. It's a holding station until the new AHL arena in Laval is ready then they will be moving in there. Hamilton won't be hockey free as the OHLs Belleville Bulls will be taking the Bulldogs spot in the Hammer. Odds are good they'll be renamed the Bulldogs, keeping the current AHL teams branding. What a night! Of course the question is now: Where will Erie end up moving to? Good thing a smart guy already asked that question! Also the Leafs still suck and play the "stats killers" Calgary Flames tonight.

Leafs Links

The Leaf: The Big Picture | Maple Leafs Hotstove

Where Art Thou, Tim? - The Faceoff Circle

Leafs call up TJ Brennan from Marlies | The LeafsNation

Leafs will get back in the hunt for college free agents | The LeafsNation

NHL Game Recaps

Penguins blow four goal lead, salvage win 6 - 4 - The Copper & Blue
Pens flip switch back on, beat Edmonton 6-4 - PensBurgh

Bruins 3, Lightning 2 (SO): Lightning Strikes Twice, Bruins Weather The Storm - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Game 69 recap: Lightning fall to Bruins 3-2 in shootout loss - Raw Charge

Recap: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Goals - St. Louis Game Time
Flyers at Blues recap: Slightly better inputs, same lame result - Broad Street Hockey

Senators Score 5 Unanswered Goals, Beat Canadiens 5-2 - Silver Seven
Canadiens vs Senators Top Six Minutes: Another frustrating losss - Eyes On The Prize

Blackhawks vs. Coyotes final score: A night of broken slumps leads to 2-1 win - Second City Hockey
Arizona fights and fights, but can't steal one away - Five For Howling

Nashville Predators 0, San Jose Sharks 2: Another loss comes all too quickly for the Preds - On the Forecheck
Fear The Finn: Niemi carries Sharks to second straight victory - Fear The Fin

Canucks fall flat to Kings again in 4-0 loss - Nucks Misconduct

ReCat: These felines got Bark! - Litter Box Cats
Jets Left in Litterbox - Arctic Ice Hockey

Recap: Avalanche Outlast Devils in Shootout - Mile High Hockey
New Jersey Devils Edged in Shootout Loss by Colorado Avalanche - In Lou We Trust

Ducks vs Flames - Nothing Makes Sense BUT IT'S SO MUCH FUN (Stats Recap) - Matchsticks and Gasoline

Dallas Stars Goal Production Gives Them Win Over Carolina Hurricanes, 5-3 - Defending Big D

Other Stuff

Stamkos assessed misconduct for tossing stick into stands, could face discipline | theScore
Just like Mats! Stamkos come home!

Ken Hitchcock becomes 4th coach in NHL history to reach 700 wins | theScore

Belleville Bulls sold, team moving to Hamilton - Yahoo! Jr Hockey

OHL approves sale, relocation of Bulls to Hamilton - Sportsnet.ca

AHL Moves: The Manitoba Moose are Returning to Winnipeg - Arctic Ice Hockey

Report: Hamilton Bulldogs relocating to St. John's, Newfoundland - Eyes On The Prize

Hamilton Bulldogs moving to St. John's, IceCaps to Winnipeg - CBC News

Which Team Could Go on a Run? Let's Wing it - Winging It In Motown

Last Call in Nassau, Episode 5: Double Doubles and Double Headers - Lighthouse Hockey

Reward and Risk: Reactions to the Johnny Boychuk extension - Lighthouse Hockey

The Three Point Solution - The Cannon

Inferno well represented on Team Canada for Women's Worlds - Matchsticks and Gasoline

Nik Antropov spears Chad Kolarik, coach goes berserk, no suspension follows - The Faceoff Circle

3 Things Hockey Can Stop Doing - The Faceoff Circle

It's sad for Belleville fans, but it was a possibility with the owner wanting a new rink/rink upgrades and Belleville city council choosing to, ugh, fund emergency services instead. Priorities people.