Posts Tagged ‘Peter Aston’

Amerks from Last Season Not Returning

September 26, 2010 - By
Amerks from Last Season Not Returning

The Rochester Americans have announced the 2010-2011 training camp roster which brings in a whole group of new faces and names that we’ll get to know.  That also means a number of players that were on last years team are not returning.  There’s always a lot of changes over the summer with American Hockey League teams and almost impossible for most to keep up with everything.  So, in case you missed anything over the summer here’s a list of players not returning and where they are now.

Rory Fitzpatrick – Retired
Jamie Johnson – Grand Rapids Griffins
Mike York – Finland
Graham Mink – Peoria Rivermen. He was traded to the St Louis Blues in exchange for T.J. Fast.  With the money the Panthers saved by trading Mink they immediately signed Joe Callahan.
Jeff Taffe – Traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Marty Reasoner
Mathieu Roy – Signed 2way deal with Tampa Bay Lightning
Maxime Gratchev – Hartford Wolf Pack
Jordan Henry – KHL
Jimmy Bonneau – Hamilton Bulldogs
Chris Beckford-Tseu – unknown
Alexander Salak – loaned to Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League. With Vokoun and [...]Read More

Panthers Extend Offers to Five Players

June 27, 2010 - By

The Florida Panthers made qualifying offers to five players this weekend and told five others that they would not be coming back.  No real surprises with any of those moves.

Kenndal McArdle, Jason Garrison, Mike Duco, Jordan Henry and Tyler Plante were all extended offers.

Andrew Sweetland, Luke Beaverson, Peter Aston, Dan Collins and Nick Tarnasky were all advised to hit the free agency market on July 1st.

Tarnasky is a player that will stand up for his team but offers little in terms of offensive capabilities.  Assuming Kenndal McArdle can stay healthy he could easily step up to fit the same role and have the ability to score.

Dale Tallon told the media at the NHL draft that he wants to try and get Jason Garrison locked up into a long term contract.  Garrison is likely a full time NHL player for the rest of his career at this point.

Grading the 2009-2010 Amerks Player by Player

May 4, 2010 - By

One week ago today we were mentally preparing for game 7 against the Abbotsford Heat and hoping for a legendary game.  It certainly turned out to be a legendary game, unfortunately not in favor of the Amerks.  As sports fans, it’s the type of loss that will live with us forever until another Calder Cup is won.  Until that happens next season, there’s still a number of things to discuss about the one that just ended and I’ll start by grading each of the players.

Thanks to Eric Bourgeois (frequent reader, supporter and die hard Amerks fan) who contributed to this.  There’s a couple things I disagreed with him on and noted.  You may agree or disagree yourself on a lot of things said and I’d love to hear your thoughts.  These grades are based on a lot more than just a stat sheet.

Starting with highest grade to lowest:

Jason Garrison: A-
– He’ll have a full time job in the NHL soon enough.  Eric had him listed as a B+ but I gave him an upgrade.  The Amerks defense had issues all season and without Garrison in the lineup for the post season (2g+7a) things may have [...]Read More

Contract Status for Amerks Players Heading into Next Season

April 29, 2010 - By

Now that the season is over for the Rochester Americans it’s time to take a look and see who is still under contract with the Panthers or Amerks, who is and who is not still likely to sign.  I grouped players by signed, likely to sign and RFA and UFA.  Under each category I put some guesses about the status of the players.

Currently Under Contract for 10/11:

Coaches: Benoit Groulx and Jason Cipolla

Goalies: Alexander Salak, Marc Cheverie

Defense: Michael Caruso, Keaton Ellerby, Adam Comrie, James DeLory

Forwards: Evgeny Dadonov, Michal Repik, Brady Calla, Graham Mink, Chris Taylor, Shawn Matthias, Victor Oreskovich, Eric Selleck, AJ Jenks

One Way: Clay Wilson and Jeff Taffe are signed but to one way contracts with the Florida Panthers.  If they don’t fit into their plans it’s still possible the Panthers will try and have them clear waivers to be sent to the Amerks.

***** Shawn Matthias has probably played his last game in the AHL and should be able to earn a job with the Panthers going forward.  Keaton Ellerby will be trying to earn a job as well but he has some work ahead.  It’s amazing that James DeLory is still under [...]Read More

Aston to Utah, Taffe Back, York Surgery, Matthias Up

January 21, 2010 - By

Getting back to some Amerks related updates.. Peter Aston has been loaned to the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. Aston has played in 17 games for the Amerks and not really had the chance to do a lot. He’ll be better off elsewhere getting more playing time to work on his game.

Jeff Taffe and Shawn Matthias were called up earlier this week. Taffe has been sent back but Matthias is still on recall. Steve MacIntyre was also recently sent back down.

The Amerks also sent out a press release stating that Mike Yorks knee surgery was successful and is expected back in 3 to 4 weeks. Interesting to note is that in the release Ted Nolan is quoted as saying, Mike has been dealing with knee issues all season long and it has come to a point where he could not skate on it.”

Amerks are back at it on Friday night vs the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7:05pm and it’s also another $1 beer and dogs night.

Amerks Tuesday Morning Practice in Pictures

November 24, 2009 - By

Jason Cipolla Gameday 11-24-2009The Amerks had a light game day skate this morning at Blue Cross Arena prior to the road game tonight in Hamilton.  The only items worthy of noting from practice was that it was all of the “non vets” and minus tonights starting goalie Alexander Salak.

Healthy scratches for tonight will be Brady Calla, Peter Aston, and James DeLory.

Steve MacIntyre is a beast in front of the net.  It was amusing watching him stand there as Clay Wilson and Keaton Ellerby tried to defend against him.  Mac pushes those guys around like they’re rag dolls.

Game is at 7:05pm and you can watch it live on AHLLive.com for $6.99, listen at WHTK 1280 AM/107.3 FM, whtk.com or watch it elsewhere online if you know where to look.

Clicking the pictures will take you to flickr:

Amerks Come Back to Win in Over Time

October 24, 2009 - By

Michal Repik scored the game winner in OT to extend the Amerks winning streak to six games with a come from behind victory in Syracuse on Saturday night.  The Amerks were down 2-0 in the first period but found a way to come back and win the game 3-2 in overtime.

3:33 into the first period Jon Mirasty layed a huge hit on Beaverson against the boards.  There was no penalty called but Jimmy Bonneau was also on the ice and quick to go after Mirasty and get a fight going.  Mirasty should have been given a boarding penalty on that hit.

Tim Miller put the Crunch on the scoreboard first at 10:02 of the first period.  Miller had tipped in a slap shot by Nick Holden.  Jon Mirasty was also credited with an assist.

At the next faceoff Jimmy Bonneau and Jon Mirasty dropped the gloves a second time for a real fight.  Mirasty appeared to get in a few more direct punches than Bonneau but credit is due for Bonneau for busting open Mirasty’s left eye.

Maksim Mayorov scored four minutes later with an assist to Jared Aulin.

Jimmy Bonneau scored at 17:08 of [...]Read More

Panthers Recalled Jason Garrison; Beckford-Tseu

October 24, 2009 - By

The Florida Panthers recalled Jason Garrison today to join them in Philadelphia for their game against the Flyers.  This is the second time Garrison has been called up.  In six games with the Amerks he is tied with Clay Wilson in points, each with five which ranks them both at sixth in the American Hockey League in scoring by defensemen.

With Fitzpatrick out injured and Garrison called up it means we’ll see both Peter Aston and Luke Beaverson in the lineup tonight.  Luke Beaverson played on Friday night in Albany.

This is also the last game that Dmitry Kulikov can play in the NHL before he either earns a full time spot with the Panthers or he has to go back to juniors.  It’s entirely possible but not likely that Kulikov will go back to juniors and Garrison will stay with the Panthers.  We’ll know more by morning.

Chris Beckford-Tseu was also recalled on Friday and backed up Alexander Salak in Albany.  Tyler Plante is out with a knee injury.  Luckily the Amerks only have two games after this weekend in the next ten days.  Salak should be strong enough to play both games this weekend [...]Read More

A Rare Monday Hockey Night in Rochester

October 12, 2009 - By

Tonights game is simple, the Amerks need to win.  That’s it.  No other outcome will be acceptable.

There’s been talks about the team not having had a full week of practice together.  The fact that Taffe, Repik, and Duco were late to joining the team.  That may have been the case for some sloppy play even though they won on Friday night, but there’s no excuses anymore.  This team was built to win.  Built to score some goals.  They need to find a way to do those things.

Unfortunately what we’ve seen is a team that has been slow and afraid to play physical at times.  The only players that have played a consistent physical game have been Graham Mink, Kenndal McArdle, and Jordan Henry.

The Amerks have one win, one loss, and one overtime loss.  They’re better than last season already but shouldn’t we be expecting more?

I’ll remind myself now that it’s only going to be the 4th game of the season… the company line is that it takes time for a team to find it’s identity and build chemistry.  My take on it is that these guys are not rookies, they should be able to adjust.

The [...]Read More

Rats Win Big Against the Amerks; Only the Third Game

October 11, 2009 - By

The easiest thing to do is just say it, the Amerks were destroyed in Albany on Saturday night.  They were slow, they were rarely able to generate consistent offense, and they looked tired.  There’s no excuses.

The team should have been going off the momentum of Friday nights win and carried into Saturday.  Instead it looked like they left the momentum in the locker room on Friday night and forgot to bring it to Albany.

The final score was 6-1, two goals by Albany were scored on the power play and one was scored short handed.  The Amerks were assessed a total of 30 minutes in penalties and gave the opposition eight power play opportunities for the second time in as many nights.

Tyler Plante was pulled from net five minutes into the second period after the Rats went up 3-0 in the game, he stopped 10 of 13 shots.  Alexander Salak played in his first game as an Amerk and stopped 12 of 15 shots faced.

The goalies allowed six goals but they were not to blame for this game.

Mike York had a few decent scoring opportunities but without any help on his line [...]Read More

Jason Garrison Recalled and Salak Returned

October 10, 2009 - By

Jason GarrisonThe Florida Panthers recalled Jason Garrison today.  He played in Friday nights 5-2 Amerks win over the Lake Erie Monsters and had one assist in the game.  Peter Aston will likely be the sixth defenseman for the Amerks tonight in Albany.

The Panthers also reassigned goalie Alexander Salak to the Rochester Americans.  Salak played in his first NHL game on Friday night against the Carolina Hurricanes after Tomas Vokoun was pulled in the third period.

Salak had been filling in for Scott Clemmensen who was away from the Panthers to deal with family matters.

Amerks have Three Games in Four Nights

October 9, 2009 - By

The Amerks have three games in four nights coming up and we’ll get the chance to see what this team is made of.  Last weekend some key players were missing that will be back.

Here’s my guesses for changes in the lineup this weekend:

Out of the lineup: Matt Duffy, Dan Collins, Peter Aston, Jimmy Bonneau, Jon Landry, and Luke Beaverson.

In the lineup: Rory Fitzpatrick, Jason Garrison, Mike Caruso, Michal Repik, and Mike Duco.

With Oreskovich still getting work visa issues straightened out I’m assuming we’ll see James DeLory in the lineup to fill the final spot.  Luke Beaverson was not very effective so I hope DeLory is given a chance.

A full lineup should be exciting to watch.  The Amerks will have more offense with Repik and Duco on the ice.  The question mark will be with James DeLory to see how he plays.  The defense will also be stronger.

Tyler Plante will get the start in net on Friday night.  Assuming he plays as well as he did last weekend he’ll probably play all weekend.

The key to winning these games will be a strong transition game and the defense preventing the opposition from getting to the [...]Read More