On this edition of TTMI~Radio I’m joined by Mike Peck, the voice of the Rockford IceHogs.
Mike returns to help us preview the 2011-12 IceHogs’ season by examining the coaching change, new bench boss Ted Dent and the AHL squad’s roster turnover. We also get Mike’s scouting report on Brandon Segal, who spent the last half of the 2004-05 season in Rockford while a member of the Nashville Predators’ organization.
We also take a look at important players up front and on the defense this year in the wake of key losses offensively as well in experience and leadership. Ben Smith, Joe Lavin, Jimmy Hayes and Jeremy Morin are discussed as well. We also get an update on rink refurbishments currently going on at the Beemo Center.
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Thanks as always to Mike for taking time out to speak with us.
Rockford IceHogs single-game tickets are now on sale at IceHogs.com or you can buy tickets by calling (815) 968-5222. Advanced single-game tickets are available starting at $7.00, up to $22.00. Day-of-game sales are an additional $1 per seat.
The IceHogs open their regular season home slate on Saturday night October 8th against the Grand Rapids Griffins. You can view the entire IceHogs’ schedule here or in printable PDF form here.
Rockford will also host two preseason home games at BMO Harris Bank Center (formerly the MetroCentre). The first versus the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday night September 28th at 7:05pm. Then on Saturday October 1 against the Peoria Rivermen, also at 7:05.
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Tagged Brandon Pirri, Brandon Segal, Brian Connelly, Chris DiDomenico, David Gilbert, Dylan Olsen, IceHogs, IceHogs tickets, Jeff Taffe, Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Lavin, Kyle Hagel, Mike Peck, Paul Zanette, Peter Leblanc, Philippe Paradis, Podcast, Rob Klinkhammer, Ryan Stanton
By Brad Gardner
All thirty NHL teams are optimistic at this time of summer, but the one thing we can all be sure of is that everything will not go according to plan. Injuries have their way of piling up, players may not live up to expectations, or teams may find that progress made during the summer in one area has left them with a hole elsewhere in the game plan. One of the Blackhawks organization’s responses to the unpredictable nature of the NHL season has been keeping their AHL affiliate within arms reach, roughly 90 miles west on I-90 in Rockford, Illinois. The Third Man In takes an admittedly early look at some possible mid-season scenarios and introduces the prospects who may be expected to answer the call.
So you need a top six forward…
Safe bet: Jeremy Morin is the easy answer here after a solid nine game trial last season. Coming back from a concussion, though, he’ll get back into the swing of things with the IceHogs to start the season. His best asset may be his goal-scoring ability, but he showed as a rookie that he was willing to play any role to stay in the Chicago line-up. The 20-year-old winger is the organization’s best bet if the power play is in need of new life – his cheetah-quick release would be a dangerous weapon with a set-up guy like Kane feeding him the puck. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Pirri, Brian Connelly, Dylan Olsen, IceHogs, Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Kyle Beach, Philippe Paradis, Rob Klinkhammer, Ryan Stanton, Shawn Lalonde
Jassen Cullimore will skate in Germany this season.
On Monday, Cullimore signed with the Iserlohn Roosters of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). Cullimore will join the team for training camp next month. The Roosters’ season begins on September 16. He joins goaltender Manny Legace and former Rockford IceHogs’ defenseman Prestin Ryan on the Iserlohn team. Iserlohn [IEC] missed the playoffs last season and finished 12th out of 14 DEL teams. Cullimore turns 39 in December.
While re-signing Cullimore was never a sure-thing, this does leave an important hole on the IceHogs’ defense.
Right now their top five is Ryan Stanton, Brian Connelly, Joe Lavin, Dylan Olsen and Shawn Lalonde. With the exception of Stanton, Rockford’s defense, as currently constructed, is at best modest in their responsibilities south of the offensive blue line. Simon Danis-Pepin is in the mix as well, but his skating was still barely AHL-level in April. Rockford will need a veteran shut-down defenseman. Connelly can now be considered a vet on the offensive side, but he can’t mind Lalonde in the defensive zone and you really shouldn’t count on Olsen to do that just yet, at least to start the season. Read more
TheThirdManIn~Radio returned last night as did a couple of our more popular guests.
Mike Peck, the play-by-play voice of the Rockford IceHogs joined us for the first half hour to recap the IceHogs’ season. Peck sees the IceHogs more than just about anyone not a coach of the team and discussed the progress of Kyle Beach, Brandon Pirri, Shawn Lalonde, Rob Klinkhammer, Igor Makarov, Brian Connelly and more. We also got his early observations of the Hawks’ next crop of prospects Philippe Paradis, David Gilbert and Jimmy Hayes and which veteran defenseman, in his mind, has the greater odds of returning to Rockford.
Al Cimaglia of Sirius/XM Radio and HockeyIndependent.com was along for the Peck discussion as well. We then moved on to talk Hawks-Canucks fallout; whether the series proved the Hawks were anything more than what they showed for the previous 82 games and a few players who are very unlikely to return next season. Al and I also went further into explaining why the Hawks top players, like Duncan Keith, cannot be relied on so mightily again next season. We also debate if the Hawks should re-sign Troy Brouwer, who Stan Bowman seems to love and who he didn’t sound too enthused about last week when the name was brought up.
For the final twenty minutes or so, Superstar and go more in-depth into Duncan Keith’s comments and season confessional post-Game 5; why he shouldn’t have said what he did and the misguided comparisons some have drawn.
It’s a John Scott free podcast. A solid 90 minutes. Hope you enjoy. Thanks to everyone as always for listening.
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The show returns next Monday night, May 9th at 8pm central. If we don’t have a special guest we’ll dig into player evaluations and recap losing entirely too much of our money at Arlington Park over the weekend.
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