Archive for June, 2009

Montreal did not extend qualifying offers to Mathieu Aubin, Loic Lacasse, or Olivier Latendresse. I’d imagine at this point, their days as Cyclones have come to an end.

 

–Dannielle

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That’s right, Cyclones fans (insert pulled pork joke here), our very own head coach Chuck Weber is assisting the Nashville Predators’ Developmental camp July 7-12th at Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville. Also in attendance at the camp will be Ian McKenzie and Mark Santorelli, two guys who saw time in the Cincinnati lineup in 2008-09. Keep an eye on the camp — some of these kids may be donning the red and gold  in the not too distant future. Especially keep an eye on the goaltending situation: the Predators have four kids in camp, a Finn and a Swede, both 21, and two kids out of the Canadian major junior ranks, one of which (Pickard) is projected to spend some time in Milwaukee and the other (Smith) is, I believe, out of junior eligibility and could look to fall in line in Cincinnati. I guess we’ll see!

–Dannielle

We’ll have to wait until Oct 24th to see the 2009-2010 Cyclones in regular season action at USBA. The ECHL posted the schedule and the ‘Clones will play their 1st three games on the road, opening in Elmira on Oct 16th, then it’s off to Johnstown and Wheeling before playing a game at home. As of this posting the schedule hasn’t been posted on the Cyclones website yet and could still change because of the multi-use nature of USBA, but I would imagine it won’t change too much.

The ECHL Board of Governors also approved a new Divisions and Kelly Cup Playoff format. The Cyclones will be joined by the Wheeling Nailers, Toledo Walleye and the Kalamazoo Wings in the new American Conference, North Division. The Johnstown Chiefs, Elmira Jackals, Reading Royals, and Trenton Devils will make up the American Conference, East Division. The American Conference, South Division, as well as both National Conference Divisions are unchanged for the most part.

It’s hard to guess what to expect out of the North Division. I would assume Toledo will play the same goonish style of hockey they always do. Will the K-Wings show up with IHL or ECHL talent? What kind of talent will Wheeling bring in from their affiliates? The same goes of the Cyclones. we’ll have to wait for October to find out for sure……

If you haven’t taken the time to read the new Kelly Cup format, it will certainly make things interesting come playoff time, since 2 teams from the same Division could meet in the Conference Finals. My only complaint is the regular season winner of the National Conference gets a 1st round bye and could win the Kelly Cup with 3 fewer wins than any other team in the league.  Fewer games means fewer chances to become injured and less fatigue; why should only a National Conference team get this advantage? Wouldn’t it make more sense to have the 6th and 7th place teams play a best of 3 series rather than give the 1st place team a bye? By my count it takes 11 wins for an American Conference team to make the Kelly Cup finals; with a 1st round bye, the 1st place National Conference team could make it with only 8. If the 6th and 7th place teams played a best of 3 series they would have to win 13 games and everyone else would have to win 11. This seems much more appropriate given how much easier it is to make the playoffs in the National Conference with 7 of the 8 teams getting in versus 8 out 12 for the American Conference, but that’s just my 2-cents……

-Mike-

Dannielle mentioned earlier that there was a good chance that Joey Ryan might not be spending too much time in the ECHL next season. As we were led to believe, Joey Ryan has inked a deal with the Toronto Marlies.

Good Luck Joey and thanks for your effort with the Cyclones, even if you weren’t here very long.

-Mike-

To complete the Faulkner/Miller trade on March 9th, the Cyclones have sent the rights to both Kyle Rank and Joey Ryan to the Reading Royals. But from what I’ve been led to believe, the chances of those players being in Cincinnati another season were slim.

Also a quick Bulldog dropping:
2008-09 game worn jerseys from the Bulldogs are still on sale on their site. Former Cyclones still available: Mark Van Guilder, JT Wyman, Ryan Russell, Loic Lacasse, Mathieu Aubin, Olivier Latendresse, Cedrick Desjardins, & Thomas Beauregard.

 

–Dannielle

A new/old rivalry

Posted: 2009/06/10 by Mike in Offseason News
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The Cyclones will get to renew an old rivalry this fall as the Kalamazoo Wings have defected from the IHL and have joined the ECHL starting this fall. The Wings first game at USBA is yet to be known but it will mark the return of former Cyclone Nick Bootland to the Queen City. This time Bootland will won’t be lacing up the skates, but tying a tie instead as the Wings head coach.

-Mike-

2009 – Protected List

Posted: 2009/06/04 by Dannie in Offseason News
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Matt Syroczynski
Barret Ehgoetz
Mark Van Guilder
Jacob Dietrich
Mac Faulkner
Felix Petit
Justin Johnson
Jason Woll
Gerard Miller
Mike Quesnele
Matt Macdonald
Ryan Nie
Kyle Rank
Joe Ryan
Paul Lynch
Brandon Scero
Billy Irish-Baker
Conrad Martin
Mitch Woods
Sean Perkins
Martin Houle
Scott Reynolds
Jimmy Kilpatrick

I see Dannielle posted the protected list.  Not much to say here. It’s standard practice to protect every player that can be. Notably absent are the guys that were picked up when Fresno folded (Jamie Coglan, Brian O’Hanely, and Dustin Sproat). From what I understand part of the deal that brought them here was that the Cyclones would not protect them. This doesn’t mean they won’t be back, it just makes it easier for them to play elsewhere should they chose to. Given the circumstances that brought them here, it was the fair thing to do…

-Mike-