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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Matt Kassian and Charlie Coyle will join the Aeros in Rochester

The Aeros lineup just got a little bit better with the addition of Charlie Coyle and Matt Kassian. For Coyle, it's just a numbers game, and you can rest assured that he'll be back with the Wild sooner than later.

Matt Kassian, who has not played a game yet this year, was waived. I was kind of surprised that he cleared, but nonetheless, he did and was assigned to Houston.

The Amerks and Aeros are the hottest teams in the conference right now (last nine games), so Friday's match will be fun to watch. Rochester scores a lot, but they can give up a few goals, too. I think a 4-3 final is a lot more likely than 2-1, as was the case Tuesday in Cedar Park.

Here is more on Coyle and Kassian from the Aeros press office:



MINNESOTA WILD ASSIGN CHARLIE COYLE AND MATT KASSIAN
Aeros Release Ryan Ginand and Mathieu Aubin

Houston, TX – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced on Thursday the National Hockey League (NHL) club has reassigned forwards Charlie Coyle and Matt Kassian to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, Houston Aeros General Manager Jim Mill announced the team has released forwards Ryan GInand and Mathieu Aubin.

Coyle, 20 (3/2/92), was recalled by Minnesota on Feb. 3 and made his NHL debut at Phoenix on Feb. 4. He skated in five games with the Wild and averaged 14:48 in TOI/game and registered six shots. Coyle has collected 24 points (14-10=24) in 44 games with Houston this season. He ranks second on the club in goals scored and sits among the AHL rookie leaders in tallies.

Coyle was acquired by Minnesota from San Jose along with Devin Setoguchi and a 2011 first-round draft selection (Zack Phillips) in exchange for Brent Burns and a 2012 second-round pick on the first day of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul on June 24, 2011.

Kassian, 26 (10/28/86), did not appear in a game with Minnesota this season. He has notched two goals and 67 penalty minutes (PIM) in 28 career matches with the Wild. Kassian has recorded 21 points (9-12=21) and 493 PIM in 220 games with the Aeros from 2007-12. The Wild drafted the 26-year old in the second round (#57 overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Ginand is scoreless in five games with Houston over three separate stints this season. He rejoins the Aeros ECHL affiliate, the Orlando Solar Bears. There he ranked among the top ten scorers, potting six goals and adding 13 assists for 19 points in 24 games played.

Aubin was scoreless in two games with the Aeros, making his Houston debut on Feb. 9 in Rockford. Prior to joining the Aeros, he played the entire 2012-13 season with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. In 47 games as the captain of the team, the 26-year old scored 11 times and set up 25 others for 36 points.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

The timing is right. Glad we received some additional firepower with Charlie back and Matt should help quite a bit to stymie the offensive output of the Amerks (I hope).
Go Aeros

Forecheck said...

Kass will provide some needed toughness, CC some needed offense. We can't expect to keep winning games 2-1.

Anonymous said...

I am huge fan of Matt's and its great to see him back playing. One of the things that made Matt attractive to other teams in the past was actually his two contract. Because he is a role player, it was a good option if the teams payroll was too heavy he could be sent up and down and not affect the cap constantly.
When the Wild signed him to a one way contract they made him a less attractive grab on waivers. The other thing is that Matt is young and still benefits from playing as many games as possible to increase his skill level and exposure. Many NHL careers have been shortened by lack of playing time.

Forecheck said...

On the TC lease front, here are some comments from David Andrews in the Providence, RI newspaper on January 29th, 2013:

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In other business:

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n When it comes to franchise relocation and affiliation changes, the AHL is in an era of stability. The one exception might be in Hartford, where the fact that the Connecticut Whale's lease and the XL Center's management contract are up at the same time complicates matters.

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n The AHL commissioned a feasibility study to determine whether westward expansion is practical. Some Western Conference NHL teams have expressed a desire to have their AHL affiliates closer to home. The report is due in about a month.

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My coments:

The Coyotes are in Springfield, MA, but where will the Yotes be in the future? San Jose, LA, and Anaheim also have long treks between the farm and home.

Forecheck said...

On the TC lease front, here are some comments from David Andrews in the Providence, RI newspaper on January 29th, 2013:

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In other business:

.........

n When it comes to franchise relocation and affiliation changes, the AHL is in an era of stability. The one exception might be in Hartford, where the fact that the Connecticut Whale's lease and the XL Center's management contract are up at the same time complicates matters.

...............


n The AHL commissioned a feasibility study to determine whether westward expansion is practical. Some Western Conference NHL teams have expressed a desire to have their AHL affiliates closer to home. The report is due in about a month.

============================

My coments:

The Coyotes are in Springfield, MA, but where will the Yotes be in the future? San Jose, LA, and Anaheim also have long treks between the farm and home.

Forecheck said...

Here's a write-up of the Andrews presser :

http://chirpsfromcenterice.com/2013/01/28/state-of-the-league/

ICEVET said...

Jason Zucker just got his first NHL goal and Darcy Kuemper won his first NHL game (over the Detroit Redwings) on National Hockey Day.

The Sunshine Kid has acquitted himself very well against Vancouver and Detroit (both elite teams) posting 2.00 GA and .930 SV% stats in his first two starts, facing over 30 SOG in each game.

At this point in the early NHL half-season, the Aeros have assigned 6 players (under the age 23) to the WILD (Granlund, Coyle, Larsson, Brodin, Zucker and Kuemper), all of whom have made meaningful contributions to Mike Yeo's rebuilding program.

Go Aeros!