Hello Roundtable! Apologies for a lack of updates in recent days and weeks. On my end, I’ve had a massive family gathering for my sister’s wedding up in Madison – which included the arrival of my British side of the fam. It has been fairly busy – but a ton of fun.
To account for the summer days ahead where not much is exactly happening I think I will start up this feature, Summer Ramblings, so we have a weekly gossip column about all things Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville Predators, and general hockey news. Considering my absence the last week or so – this first edition should be on the hefty side. Let’s dive in.
~Cincinnati Cyclones Closing In On Kelly Cup~
Our pals in Cincinnati are one-game away from eliminating the Greenville Road Warriors and reaching the ECHL Kelly Cup Finals. They won Game 5 on Sunday to take a 3-2 series lead courtesy of “Big Head” Zach Budish. Game 6 will be tonight in Cincinnati at 7:35 pm EST. If they don’t close it out later tonight Game 7 will be tomorrow night – same time, same place.
~AHL Calder Cup Playoffs~
The Toronto Marlies finally lost in the Calder Cup Playoffs. They lost 6-3 on the road to the Texas Stars in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
Not only is that amazing but consider the following. When the Stars took a 2-1 lead in the 2nd Period of last night’s contest they became the first team in the entire playoffs to hold a lead over the Marlies. According to AHL Communications on Twitter: the Marlies played 512:05 in the Calder Cup Playoffs before trailing for the first time.
I don’t know about you guys but the more the playoffs stormed on the lesser that sweep at the hands of the Marlies has stung. The Admirals entered hot. The Wolves were hot – and coming off of a thrilling seven-game series against the Rochester Americans. And the Marlies swept both clean – including taking Game 1 on the road against the Texas Stars. They may have lost finally, sure, but they head back to Toronto for the next three-games of the series with a chance to avoid heading back to Texas for Game 6 and Game 7. To say “impressive” might not do justice to how well Toronto has played in the post-season.
~2014 IIHF World Championship~
This weekend Russia was able to defeat Pekka Rinne and Finland for the 2014 IIHF World Championship. Perhaps it accounts for their woeful effort at home during the Olympics? Either way, it did mean some slight disappointment for Rinne – who did just about everything but take down Russia in the Final. He finished the tournament as its MVP and was phenomenal. It should boost Nashville Predators fans everywhere to think what having a healthy Rinne entering this coming season should mean for a full-campaign.
There were plenty of other Predators players in the mix at the World in Belarus. Among the best was Seth Jones – who was named the tournament’s top defenseman. Here is a quick round up of who did what in the tournament:
Ryan Ellis: 8 GP, 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists), +9
Pekka Rinne: 9 GP, 1.88 GAA, 0.928 SV%, 3 SO
Juuse Saros: 0 GP
Miikka Salomaki: 10 GP, 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist), 18 PIM, +3
Mattias Ekholm: 10 GP, 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists), 8 PIM, +1
Calle Jarnkrok: 10 GP, 0 points, 4 PIM, +3
Roman Josi: 7 GP, 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists), 2 PIM, -1
Simon Moser: 7 GP, 2 assists, 6 PIM, -1
Seth Jones: 8 GP, 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists), 6 PIM, +8
Craig Smith: 8 GP, 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists), 10 PIM, +3
~Washington Capitals Hire Barry Trotz~
For those who missed yesterday’s news – Kristopher Martel of The Predatorial was confirmed as a scoop-master. By that I mean he was on the money because former Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz signed up to take the coaching gig in Washington. In addition to Trotz appointment behind the bench the Capitals also tabbed Brian MacLellan as their new general manager.
I’m looking forward to seeing a relationship of Trotz and Alex Ovechkin. At least Trotz is fairly used to players quitting on defense. That could be a drama worth tuning into every now and then starting this fall.
~Roundtable at Goolsby’s~
Tomorrow is the Milwaukee Admirals annual Garage Sale. If you’re a season ticket holder who has already paid in full – GREAT NEWS – you get early access to the event starting at 4pm in the BMO Harris Bradley Center’s West Atrium. As for other season ticket holders, the event is from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. It will be open to the public on Thursday from 11am to 7pm.
After that event finishes up tomorrow night I’ll be over at Major Goolsby’s along with a few Admirals fans. Our plan: to hear everyone’s input on the 2013-14 Admirals Roundtable Paper Plates Awards. That’s right. We’re doing this in-person this go-round and you can join in the fun.
There is literally no “event planning” to this other than me saying I’m heading over to Goolsby’s around 7pm. I’ll be wearing my #41 Lavender jersey. I’m thinking we set up shop, get a meal, a drink or two, and have some fun! If you’re thinking about going to the Garage Sale – drop by. I welcome all of you to join in.
That out to cover the Ramblings for now. Did I miss anything? Hit the comments section and less banter about it and other fun things like where did the Chicago Blackhawks go?