Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans! The Leafs are first in the division, we only have four games left, what could be better?
The biggest news from yesterday, was the announcement that the Vancouver Canucks were moving their AHL affiliate - the Utica Comets - from upstate New York to Abbotsford, BC. This will bring the Canucks prospects to the same time zone as the parent club, which is the trend over the past few years. Abbotsford was the former home to the Calgary Flames affiliate (Abbotsford Heat) from 2009-2014, before moving to New York and becoming the Adirondack Flames and introducing us all to Scorch.
The Vancouver #Canucks confirmed today their intent to relocate the club's @TheAHL affiliate to #Abbotsford, BC, for 2021-22.— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) May 5, 2021
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A statement from Comets President Robert Esche in response to the Vancouver Canucks’ recent announcement: pic.twitter.com/9lnBj9UA6b— Utica Comets (@UticaComets) May 5, 2021
The Canucks move will not leave the fans in Utica without some AHL hockey, as the New Jersey Devils are looking to move their AHL team from Binghamton to Utica.
Big #AHL news here.@Canucks will relocate their AHL affiliate from Utica, NY to Abbotsford, B.C. 🇨🇦 for the 2021-22 season.— Tony Androckitis (@TonyAndrock) May 5, 2021
The @BingDevils previously announced #NJDevils were cutting ties, so the final shoe to drop will be New Jersey relocating their AHL franchise to Utica. https://t.co/lvVSR5mTs5
There’s some division shuffling for next season on the way AHL fans, but so far Binghamton is the place without a franchise.
In other news...
The Leafs lost the game and the Foligno:
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I want to make fun of it somehow, but it is a good move by Lucic for the team.
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Bad news for the Capitals ahead of the playoffs.
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The Rangers are losing players all over the place.
Ryan Lindgren, Jacob Trouba also done for the season - Blue Seat Blogs
This is great, I love it. Even the Sabres winning part.
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Oh, uh, and there was something else, something I was supposed to tip-toe around...something everyone was talking about.
Ah, it’s not important.
Have a great day everyone!