So, you may recall, not so long ago I was predicting that the International Hockey League would have seven teams next season, regardless of what the higher-ups or the schedules said.
To steal a line from John "Hannibal" Smith, I love it when a plan comes together.
As I suspected, the Youngstown SteelHounds are out of the Central Hockey League, though the team claimed it was a shock. Click here to read about it. And there's more from later in the day: Click here.
The SteelHounds are coached by former Komets player Kevin "Killer" Kaminski, who coached in the IHL (with Missouri) when it was the United Hockey League.
Though they won't talk about it on the record, the IHL has coveted Youngstown because of its proximity to the rest of the league. And even though the spin has been the SteelHounds believe they'd be a better fit for the ECHL, it'll make much greater financial sense for them to be in this league.
We'll have to keep our eyes on this situation.
Though I've read elsewhere it's not official, this site claims that former Flint Generals coach and ex-Fort Wayne player Kevin Kerr will coach in juniors with the Atlanta Knights.
And I'd like to thank those of you who have been rubbing in the Penguins' triple-overtime victory. Sorry to say, your elation won't last. I picked Red Wings in six coming into the series and I'm sticking with it. By the way, how horrible have those goaltender interference calls been? Here's hoping that garbage doesn't trickle down to the minors. Now you're supposed to control your momentum while attacking the net and not brush a goalie's sleeve? Yuck.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette