AHL Trade Tracker 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Toronto Marlies defenseman Viktor Loov was traded by parent club Toronto Maple Leafs last weekend. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Keep Track Of All Trades Affecting AHL-level Players/Teams

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

With the NHL's trading deadline less than a week away, several moves will be made around the league for a variety of reasons - to add needed depth for a Stanley Cup Playoffs run, shed some salary and continue to rebuild for the future, etc.

There are a ton of places to get the latest NHL trade news, rumors and speculation leading up to Wednesday's 5 p.m. ET deadline but here at Highland Park Hockey the goal is to organize and detail trades made with direct effect on the 30 teams in the American Hockey League (AHL).

In addition to our annual trade deadline day live blog, this AHL Trade Tracker will hopefully be a good resource to keep an eye on the movement of players at the minor league level in the coming days.

Latest Trades

Thursday, February 23rd

Pittsburgh trades forward Danny Kristo and a 2017-2nd round pick to Carolina for defenseman Ron Hainsey
AHL Take: Pittsburgh needed to sure up their depth on the blue line due to injuries at the NHL level, sending a 2nd round pick and throwing in Danny Kristo - a player they acquired in a trade earlier this season with St. Louis (Reid McNeill was sent to STL). What this means for the AHL Penguins is a loss at the forward position, while possibly holding onto a defenseman they might have seen moved up to Pittsburgh for the stretch run.
Tuesday, February 21st

Montreal trades defenseman Philip Samuelsson to Carolina for defenseman Keegan Lowe
AHL Take: Samuelsson (40GP, 1G-4A, -7) will join AHL Charlotte where his father, Ulf, is head coach. Lowe, in his 4th full season of pro hockey, tallied 12 points (3G-9A) in 49 games in Charlotte and will join the St. John's IceCaps in the middle of their playoff run in the North Division. Both players are restricted free agents at the end of the season.
Follow all the latest trades that affect AHL rosters all week long leading up to March 1st's deadline day. More recent trades with 'AHL Take' after the jump.

NHL's Trade Deadline Can Change AHL Landscape

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
It's likely that some AHL All-Stars will be finishing the 2016-17 season in the NHL. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Trade deadline looms, how will it change/shape 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs picture?

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

With the National Hockey League's (NHL) trading deadline just one week away - all trades must be into the league by 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 1st - rumor mills are churning out reports and speculation about some of the big names in play as the NHL approaches the annual deadline.

Here at Highland Park Hockey, the focus in the coming week will be more about how these trades at the NHL level affect the American Hockey League (AHL) teams - both directly with player movement and indirectly with how transactions around the league in the next week will shape the playoff race in the four AHL divisions down the stretch.

In addition to our yearly trade deadline day live blog, there will also be an 'AHL Trade Tracker' - tracking the additions/subtractions to the rosters of the 30 AHL teams as their NHL counterparts make trades leading up to next Wednesday. Stay on the lookout for both of those links, and keep them handy as we move toward March.

PHOTO: Nina Weiss Photography Phantoms vs. Comets 2-19-17

Monday, February 20, 2017
Hugs from Sam Morin for goaltender Alex Lyon after a 43-save performance Sunday in Utica. All photos in this post are property of Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey. 
Game 52 - Lehigh Valley at Utica 2/19/17

Editor's Note: Going to try something new to add yet another element to our Lehigh Valley Phantoms game night coverage. The plan is to feature more of our awesome photographers' work associated with game night photos taken at the games.

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After the jump, some photos from Sunday's 7-4 win over the Utica Comets at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

If you missed it, here's a recap of Sunday's game.

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Defense Leads Offense In Phantoms' 7-4 Win In Utica

Sunday, February 19, 2017
T.J. Brennan makes history Sunday in Utica. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
T.J. Brennan's hat trick marks historic AHL milestone

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

UTICA - The Lehigh Valley Phantoms battled their way to a 7-4 win in Utica Sunday evening to finish a three-game weekend taking four out of a possible six points in the standings.

The weekend was filled with adversity, but the Phantoms prevailed in back-to-back nights and all of a sudden find themselves challenging for the Atlantic Division lead again - just seven points behind rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with two fewer games played than the Penguins. The Phantoms play the Penguins head-to-head eight more times this season.

Down 2-0 early in the second period in Utica, Phantoms' head coach opted to take the team's timeout - a decision that ultimately turned things around for Lehigh Valley and started the comeback.

The Phantoms twice tied the game in the middle period - at 2-2 just over seven minutes into the second stanza and again at 3-3 with 1:43 left before the second intermission - before taking over in the third period with four goals in route to the big win.

Defenseman T.J. Brennan made history, recording a hat trick and with his third goal of the night - an empty net tally in the final minutes - moving past Bryan Helmer into sole possession of second place all time in the American Hockey League for goals scored by a defenseman with 130 AHL goals in his career.

Brennan wasn't the only defenseman lighting the lamp for Lehigh Valley, as Robert Hagg recorded his first multi-goal game of his pro career to help pace the Phantoms' offensive attack. Chris Conner and Cole Bardreau also tallied goals in the win for the Phantoms, while rookie netminder Alex Lyon stopped 43 of the 47 shots that came his way to pick up his 21st win of the season.

The Phantoms' dominance of the North Division continues, as they are now 3-0 against Utica this season and a ridiculous 16-1-1 against teams from the Eastern Conference's other division.

Quick recap of events after the jump.

Game 52 Preview: Lehigh Valley at Utica

Sam Morin returns after serving his two-game suspension. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms Conclude Three-Game Weekend in Utica

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Stay tuned here online after the game for a recap of the action. Don't forget to subscribe to Highland Park Hockey's YouTube channel for post-game interviews with AHL hockey players.

UTICA - The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (33-16-2) look to finish the weekend with four out six points when they play their third game in two and a half days in Utica this afternoon.

A split at home in a pair of games with the Hartford Wolf Pack has left Lehigh Valley in a dog fight in the Atlantic Division where just five points separate four teams battling for a playoff spot from 2nd place to 5th.

After the jump, a full preview of everything you need to know in advance of tonight's game.

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