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  1. The Comets will be hosting an outdoor game next year. https://twitter.com/UticaComets/status/1230166273688047616?s=19
  2. Boucher didn't finish the Comets game in Bellevile on Saturday due to an undisclosed injury. Someone mentioned an ankle but I don't know how severe and he didn't make the trip out to California to participate in the all star game and was replaced at the last minute by Jeremy Brocco.
  3. Still a lot of season to be played and standings tend to chance much more in the AHL than the NHL because injuries are 2X the issue in the A. Injuries on both the NHL and AHL roster impact the AHL team. Then the trade deadline is another huge variable. Do NHL trades strip away players from the AHL team and will any AHL players on the NHL roster on TDL day be papered back down to the AHL? If not they are not eligible to come back down to the AHL again this season including the playoffs.
  4. You could get your wish because the Marlies are currently tied in points with Laval but played one less game so they are technically in 4th based on percentage.
  5. It is interesting to see the full conference standings but an FYI on the playoff format in the AHL. There are no wildcards so the top 4 teams in the North Division and the top 4 teams in the Atlantic Division qualify for the playoffs. In the North right now the top 4 in order are Belleville, Utica, Rochester and Toronto.
  6. Ankle. He was in and out of a game last week trying to play through it and has been out of the line up for a couple games now. It is supposed to be a mild strain so hopefully he will be back soon.
  7. Zero details being reported. Not sure what happened as he lead the rush on the OT goal on Wednesday, didn't participate in an optional practice on Thursday and then listed as injured on Friday.
  8. By Ben Birnell Posted Jan 9, 2020 at 10:19 PM Utica Comets rookie goaltender Mike DiPietro is finding his footing on and off the ice in the Mohawk Valley. An East Utica family has even taken the 20-year-old under their wing. UTICA — Mike DiPietro is the youngest player on the Comets’ roster. Spend even a few minutes around the talented 20-year-old goaltender and it is easy to see DiPietro is also one of the most easygoing and affable players on the team. Halfway into his first professional season as a top Vancouver Canucks prospect, DiPietro appears to be finding his footing both on and off the ice in the Mohawk Valley. “I love it here in Utica. The people are phenomenal. I’m very grateful to be here,” said DiPietro, who is from Windsor, Ontario. “I always try to embrace the community that I’m in for whatever team I play. I just love meeting people.” That mindset has led DiPietro to form what he considers a special friendship with the DeSarro family, which includes Alicia and her husband, Anthony, and their three kids. It doesn’t hurt that DiPietro and the DeSarros share proud Italian heritages. “He’s been like a fourth kid,” said Alicia DeSarro, who holds a front office position as the Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for the Comets as well as Utica City Football Club. “He’s young and doesn’t have a family here. And I know how close he is with his family and how much he misses them that it is like a perfect fit.” Through the family, he’s gotten a chance to experience the food and culture in the area. When he hasn’t been up with the Canucks – he’s had two stints with the NHL club and made a relief appearance – he has joined the East Utica family for dinners throughout this season. He’s carved pumpkins with 8-year-old Adrianna, 6-year-old Anthony and 5-year-old Alex and he’ll play the occasional game of hide-and-seek. Up next Who: Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Utica Comets. When: 7 p.m. Friday. Where: Adirondack Bank Center. Broadcast: KROCK 94.9 FM; watchtheahl.com (subscription-based service). Season series: Utica leads two-game series 1-0 following a 4-2 win Dec. 28 at Lehigh Valley. Records: Lehigh Valley (13-18-1-4, 31 points, 7th in the Atlantic Division), Utica (21-12-2-2, 46 points, 2nd in the North Division). Home cookin’?: The contest begins a season-long five-game homestand for the Comets. It is part of a stretch that includes seven of the next eight games at home. “They absolutely love Mike,” DeSarro said. “They’re constantly asking ‘Is Mike coming over today?’ We don’t have that with other players. ... It is kind of refreshing to have that.” DiPietro appreciates the Utica family’s willingness to help him navigate life away from the ice. “For them to just welcome me into their home and to get to hang around the little ones and meet their family and friends has allowed me to feel more comfortable here,” DiPietro said. “I owe a lot to their family for welcoming me and making me feel at home. I really can’t say enough things about them.” DiPietro remains close with his dad, Vic – he wears jersey No. 67 in honor of his birth year – and his stepmom and Skypes with them whenever he has cooking questions. One of three goaltenders on the team with Zane McIntyre and Richard Bachman, DiPietro has quickly become a favorite among Comets fans and received loud cheers during pre-game introductions at a recent home game. DiPietro has been a quick study as he continues to make adjustments, including to the mental side of the game. Entering Friday, DiPietro had a 9-5-1 record with a 2.72 goals-against average and .907 save percentage. He’s experienced a few bumps along the way, but he’s largely enjoying himself. “At the end of the day, you’re playing hockey for a living,” DiPietro said with a smile. “It is something that I love to do. I love the fact that I can win games. I love the fact that I feel comfortable out there. I feel like I’m helping the team. I always want to be helping my team. It has certainly been a blast the first half. ... But, I always want to get better.” SIGN UP FOR DAILY E-MAIL Wake up to the day’s top news, delivered to your inbox Sign-up for other newsletters
  9. When several fans from Utica complain that the Comets have no center depth on message boards it can be taken with a grain of salt. When the head coach of the team is quoted "We have no centermen" maybe Benning/Johnson should listen.
  10. I'll give you an example of "it is as simple as just go do it". Cole Cassels started this season in the ECHL and was signed by the Belleville Senators on a PTO. Well on 1/3/20 he was released from that PTO and the very next day was signed to a standard AHL contract for the rest of the season by the WBS Penguins. Players can opt out of their PTO contract if another team offers them a standard contract which is why he was released by the Baby Sens. Utica has been short on centers all season so Johnson could have offered Cassels an AHL contract at anytime but didn't nor has he gone out and signed any centers to address the issue. Cassels obviously isn't in Vancouver's plans anymore but he is a serviceable bottom 6 center in the AHL and could help the Comets. Plus an AHL contract has zero impact on the 47/50 NHL contracts the Vancouver has allocated.
  11. The Utica GM is Ryan Johnson who reports directly to Jim Benning.
  12. Read my post again. I made no comparison of Hoglander to Tom Wilson. I compared how you have to take the home team's fans reaction with a grain of salt because it's rarely objective.
  13. I didn't say that having a potential rat in the system is a bad thing. But I do think the 5 minutes plus a game was the correct call under the IIHF standard of play for head contact. He had the chicken wing flying and made a last second adjustment to lean in instead of a last second adjustment to lean out and avoid contact.
  14. You're not going to get many objective opinions from fans of a team that drafted a player or fans of a team with a player on a play like this. It's not just Vancouver fans it's all fan bases that see a play through the lenses of their own team's colors. I'm not comparing Hoglander to Tom Wilson in any, shape or form but it's like Caps fans thinking Wilson is just a hard nosed player where the rest of the league thinks he's a head Hunter.