Friday, July 11, 2014

Midweek link roundup

A lot has happened in hockey the last few days. A ton of links below the jump:

Indy Fuel/ECHL
Indiana Ice/USHL
  • Former Indiana Ice player Rinat Valiev, the Maple Leafs' third-round pick, signed an entry-level deal on Thursday. Valiev is a 1995 birth-year major junior player, so unless he sticks in Toronto, he will have one more year in Kootenay. 
  • Another former Ice player, Anthony Bitetto, has re-signed with the Nashville Predators. Bitetto played for their AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, last season. 
  • Brent Gwidt, who captained the Ice's Clark Cup championship team in 2008-09, has re-signed with the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies.
  • College Hockey Inc. has a list of the college players invited to NHL development camps. The familiar names: Sam Kurker & Dwyer Tschantz (St. Louis), Robbie Baillargeon (Ottawa), Christian Hilbrich (Anaheim & Buffalo), Sean Kuraly (San Jose), David Johnstone (Detroit), Kevin Goumas (Philadelphia), Nick Mattson (Chicago), Ryan Obuchowski (Chicago & Detroit), Brian Pinho (Washington), Jon Gillies (Calgary), Patrick Newell (Los Angeles), Woody Hudson (NY Islanders), Aidan Muir (Edmonton). Hudson, Obuchowski, Newell, Hilbrich & Johnstone are free agent invites. Goumas is under contract with the Flyers. There are a few others who are currently in or came through Canadian Major Junior and therefore not on the list -- Ryan Mantha (NY Rangers), Blake Siebenaler (Columbus), Rinat Valiev (Toronto) and Adam Erne (Tampa Bay) among them. 
  • The Calgary Flames had a piece (with video) on former Ice goaltender Jon Gillies, one of their draft picks.  
  • Former Ice coach Jeff Blashill had a chat with a Detroit radio station after the Wings' development camp. Listen to it here.
Hoosier hockey
Elsewhere in hockey

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