Yesterday, the AHL announced scheduling updates for next season and beyond. Starting in the 2022-23 season each team will play a 72 game schedule. For next season, teams in the Atlantic, Central, and North divisions will have an option to play either 72 or 76 games, while the Pacific will play only 68.
AHL Schedule, Wolf Pack home opener
“I am very pleased that we were able to achieve a schedule of 72 games for all teams in the American Hockey League,” said AHL President and CEO Scott Howson. “In coming together to create a plan that is fair and equitable, our owners have demonstrated a commitment to the long-term strength of the league.”
The AHL also announced that more teams will now qualify for the Calder Cup playoffs with more details to follow.
Also on October 15th, the Wolf Pack will host their home opener.
Rangers first round pick in play
Late yesterday I reported that the Rangers first round pick is indeed available in a trade this summer.
Forever Blueshirts has learned that the New York Rangers first round pick is indeed in play this offseason. On July 23rd -24th the NHL Draft will take place and Chris Drury currently holds the 15th selection after the lottery drawing last week.
There had been speculation that the Rangers, who have an overload of young players and prospects would package the 15th overall pick. A knowledgeable source confirmed that all options are on the table this summer and that includes moving the first round selection
The Buffalo Sabres are said to be engaged in trade talks for Jack Eichel and several other players according to Darren Dreger of TSN. Read more here.