Sound Tigers keep tough guy Gallant

Brett Gallant, he of 202 PIM in 42 games last season, is back with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for another year.

Gallant, a tough guy who has spent the last two seasons as a full-time AHLer with the Sound Tigers, signed a one-year, two-way deal with the New York Islanders earlier today.

Before coming to the Islanders organization, Gallant spent three seasons with the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs and a year in the Maritime Junior League where Gallant scored 24 goals, 49 assists, and was assessed 235 PIM, all in the span of 50 games.

Since his days with the MJAHL’s Summerside Western Capitals, Gallant has spent time in the ECHL with Elmira and Reading, and suited up for a game with the Syracuse Crunch in 2009-10.


BC’s Milner lands with Islanders

Parker Milner, the Most Outstanding Player from the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four, has signed on to join the New York Islanders.

The Boston College product spent four years in the NCAA, appearing in 93 games as an Eagle. In 2011-12, during a season that would see Milner backstop the Eagles to their fifth national title, the 22-year-old Pittsburgh native posted a 1.66 GAA and .937 SV% on his way to being named to the All-Tournament Team.

Speculation is that contract will see Milner suit up and split time between the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the ECHL. Milner makes his way to the pros as an undrafted free agent.

(Cover image courtesy Bart Hanlon)

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