Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Wolves win Calder Cup

The Chicago Wolves, the Thrashers' AHL affiliate, won the minor-league championship tonight over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with a 5-2 victory in Game 6.

Expect Wolves coach John Anderson to make the leap to the NHL very soon.

The AHL's regular season MVP, Jason Krog, was terrific in this one, scoring a hat trick and adding an assist to finish the playoffs with 12 goals and 38 points in 24 games. Krog was also named playoff MVP.

This guy should be given a shot in the NHL next season.

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At 11:10 p.m., June 10, 2008, Blogger Jennifer said...

It's a tough time to be a Penguin of any kind right now.

Also, I guess the mustaches worked. Did you see the porno 'staches the Wolves had? Awesomeness. Some of the players, with the hockey hair and 'staches, looked like they were sent via time machine straight outta 1979.

At 11:15 p.m., June 10, 2008, Anonymous logan said...

I wonder who's going to hire Anderson, because I'm pretty sure it won't be Atlanta. Years of playing vets ahead of legit prospects hasn't earned him a lot of friends.

At 11:44 p.m., June 10, 2008, Blogger Lars said...

The commentators tonight derided the big team (at around the 14 minute mark of the third) by saying thinks like, "if they had called up some of these guys, they wouldn't have missed the playoffs", and "I don't know what they were thinking". Correct me if I'm wrong about that, but if I remember that correctly, it can't help the Wolves announcers get a call-up to ATL or any other NHL job, can it?

At 12:00 a.m., June 11, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Logan: Anderson works for his GM, Kevin Cheveldayoff, who in turn works for Wolves ownership. Who the coach uses on the affiliate team, given the arrangement the Thrashers have with an independent organization, isn't always up to the NHL club.

You can't blame Anderson for that. Atlanta should focus on finding someone who can win them some games behind the bench.

At 12:00 a.m., June 11, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Lars: I'm not sure what you're asking.

At 12:15 a.m., June 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins"

At 12:25 a.m., June 11, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Are you a fan of The Office?

At 1:10 a.m., June 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Wolves are a good team, but they played really dirty. They really didn't even win fairly.

1) Game 1 should have been tied. Nathan Smith's foot didn't move an inch when the puck bounced off of it, and, of course, no replay to be found.
2) Game 4 should have had the Penguins with another goal. Still, no one knows the reason why they didn't, and the officials were even confused.
3)For Game 6: I really don't think a goal should count if the opposing team's player trips over the goalie and is lying in the net with his stick hooked into the net.

I guess the good guys don't always come out on top.

At 1:15 a.m., June 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

never seen The Office despite its hockey connections. however Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is the actual name of the team.

At 2:18 a.m., June 11, 2008, Blogger Raskolnikov said...

More importantly, this allows Pat Foley to rejoin the Blackhawks. Oh happy day!

At 7:31 a.m., June 11, 2008, Blogger Humberto Fernandes said...

Jason Krog?
The guy with an European contract for next year?
I don't think he'll be in the NHL again.

At 7:55 a.m., June 11, 2008, Blogger Pooch said...

I've always been really confused by Krog. I thought he was a great role player for the Ducks in their '03 run, and if you look at his stats, he's basically done nothing but dominate the AHL ever since then (if he hasn't led the AHL in points in the past five years, he's usually been a close second or third). But yet I haven't seen him get called up, or even talk of it. Is it just that he's plagued by size, like the Ferraro twins were? One would think that a team like the Thrashers could use all the offensive help they could get ...


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