Nightingale an IceHog in 2013-14

Jared Nightingale has signed a one-year AHL deal with the Rockford IceHogs.

The 6’3″, 205 lb. defenceman spent last season with the Syracuse Crunch, but is moving on after just one year. In 56 games with Tampa Bays top affiliate last season, Nightingale potted two gaols and five assists, as well as racking up 121 PIM.

A veteran of 339 AHL games — regular season and playoffs combined — Nightingale had spent the majority of the previous five seasons with the Hartford Wolf Pack and Connecticut Whale. Nightingale’s career high in points came in 2011-12, while a member of the Connecticut Whale. While an alternate captain with the Rangers farm club, Nightingale posted one goal and nine assists.

A Michigan State University product, Nightingale has tallied 13 goals and 33 assists in his AHL career.

Andrew Carroll re-signs with Wolfpack

Andrew Carroll will be back with the same team next season, he’ll just be wearing different threads.

After signing a contract last season with the Connecticut Whale, the 28-year-old forward will skate with the Hartford Wolfpack next season. Carroll, who has worked his way to the AHL after stints with the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers, Greenville Road Warriors, and Idaho Steelheads.

Carroll, who went pro after going undrafted prior to his four year stint with University of Minnesota-Duluth, signed his first AHL deal with the Hershey Bears in 2011-12, but after a one goal and five assist campaign, he found himself back in Idaho of the ECHL.

With the Whale — who have changed their name back to the Wolfpack — Carroll potted a goal and four assists in 24 games.

Montreal and Rangers swap Kristo, Thomas

Christian Thomas and Danny Kristo are going to be getting fresh starts.

Tuesday afternoon, the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers announced they had come to a deal involving a one-for-one swap of the two young forwards.

Thomas, son of former NHLer Steve Thomas, was sent to Montreal after only his first full AHL campaign. At 20, the Toronto native put together a decent year for a rookie, racking up 19 goals and 16 assists in his first pro-season.

Drafted in the second round of the 2010 draft by the Rangers, Thomas was well above average in the OHL during his four seasons with the Oshawa Generals. However, it seems as though the Rangers were either unhappy with his development or looking for something different, which is where the deal with the Habs comes in.

Kristo, 23, is a former University of North Dakota standout who is moving on before even really getting a shot with the Canadiens. Habs GM Marc Bergevin had talked about Kristo’s attitude in September of last season, and it could be a reason why the 2008 second-rounder was dealt.

Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus said that on-ice, the Rangers came out ahead in this deal.

From Pronman:

On pure talent Kristo is a better prospect than Christian Thomas. That’s not to say Thomas is a poor prospect as he has character, offensive ability and he could be an average to above-average pro. However Kristo is arguably a top 100 drafted prospect in hockey with significant upside even if he does carry more risk than Thomas. In a one for one deal, it’s hard to make a perfectly equal trade and one team usually comes out ahead. In my opinion it was the Rangers.

(s/t to Corey Pronman for the Bergevin tweet)


Wheels on the Bus: Draft Day

Well, that took a lot longer than expected.

After a three-minute time limit was imposed on drafting teams, some thought the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft would take no longer than two hours. Three hours later, the first round hadn’t ended, and the hubbub about there being trades into the double digits was all for naught. All told, there were seven deals including players and a handful of picks-for-picks deals.

It wasn’t the biggest day as far as movement in the AHL goes, but a few years down the road you might be seeing a number of players from this year’s draft class getting some seasoning in the A. Continue reading