LIVE BLOG: 2017 Trade Deadline Day - AHL Edition

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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Trade Deadline Day Live Blog

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

Editor's Note: Today's live blog will have 'Updates' in chronological order with the most recent appearing at the top of the page.

You can also stay updated on the impact of the trades at the AHL level with our AHL Trade Tracker - a new addition to our annual trade deadline day coverage.

Make sure you are following Highland Park Hockey on Twitter -> @H_P_Hockey for AHL-wide related trade deadline updates, and for the latest with the Phantoms on deadline day follow @TonyAndrock. Non-Twitter users can see the updating Twitter feeds on the far left (@H_P_Hockey) and far right (@TonyAndrock) of the website.

Update #2 (Posted at 1:45 p.m. EST)

It was a quick practice this morning in Allentown for the Phantoms, who had to be off the ice at PPL Center at 11 a.m. EST due to the arena getting set up for high school basketball contests later this afternoon.

Everyone was present for practice, with only injured forwards Steven Swavely, Taylor Leier and Boyd Gordon not on the ice today.

There wasn't anything newsworthy on the trade deadline front, but the players were mostly glued to their phones when I entered the locker room for some quick interviews (I talked to Andy Miele and Travis Sanheim - more on that later tonight or Thursday). Some were even joking with me about the trade deadline.

"Where are the scoops," Scott Laughton said to me when I walked into the locker room earlier today.

The big news in the Flyers organization came just moments ago as they announced the signing of forward Pierre-Eduoard Bellemare ($1.45 million average annual value and goaltender Michal Neuvirth to two-year contract extensions.

Update #(Posted at 8:30 a.m. EST)

It's finally here. The National Hockey League's (NHL) trading deadline day. I'll be attending this morning's Lehigh Valley Phantoms practice (scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.) and plan to have updates from practice unrelated to today's trade deadline online later tonight. Of course, there will be updates during practice - missing players, early departures that aren't dentist appointments, things of that nature.

Plenty of trades have already taken place leading up to this afternoon's 3 p.m. ET deadline, and here at Highland Park Hockey the focus is on how these trades affect the 30 American Hockey League (AHL) teams.

While waiting for some trades this morning, let's take a quick look at some of the big additions for teams at the AHL level due to some of the trades that have already went down. You can see all the trades that have an effect at the AHL level in our AHL Trade Tracker.
In the Atlantic Division, Hershey got goaltender Pheonix Copley - a former Bears' goaltender in 2014-15 - added in St. Louis's deal with Washington in the Kevin Shattenkirk trade.
  • From our AHL Trade Tracker - The blockbuster deal has loads of implications for the Washington Capitals, but the Hershey Bears might be the biggest winners of the Kevin Shattenkirk trade as Washington re-acquired goaltender Phoenix Copley. The Bears' goaltending duo of Joe Cannata and Vitek Vanecek has been largely inconsistent to this point, and Copley's addition will certainly give the Bears a true number one goaltender to help them try to climb back into a playoff spot in the brutally challenging Atlantic Division. Hershey does lose a pair of forwards in Malone (7G-13A in 52GP) and Sanford (11G-5A in 25GP), but they address their largest weakness.
In the North Division, Syracuse has seen plenty of movement with players as the Tampa Bay Lightning traded Ben Bishop and Brian Boyle in consecutive days this week. It will be interesting to see how things shake out for the Crunch's AHL roster heading down the stretch, but the good news for Crunch fans so far is that forward Byron Froese, acquired in a trade with Toronto, has been assigned to the Lightning's AHL affiliate.
  • From our AHL Trade Tracker - This is a big one for the Syracuse Crunch and Toronto Marlies. Froese was atop the AHL with 24 goals before being passed by Greg Carey over the weekend, and he's reported to be joining Syracuse. The Marlies lose a talented player off their roster, but with Boyle's addition to the Leafs there should be a body heading to the Marlies  before too long barring other potential trades. EDIT: Frederik Gauthier was later assigned to AHL Toronto Tuesday evening

Flyers/Phantoms Deadline Day Coverage

If you missed either of our previous updates on the Phantoms-related trade deadline stories this week, take a look:
NHL's Trade Deadline Can Change AHL's Landscape
How Will Trade Deadline Affect Lehigh Valley's Playoff Push
The big questions for the Phantoms depend on how active the Flyers are today on deadline day. 

Most anticipated is that they will reassign forward Jordan Weal to Lehigh Valley and call him back up after the trade deadline passes later Wednesday afternoon/evening for the purposes of making him eligible to return to the AHL after Travis Konecny returns from his injury.

Beyond that, any potential trades will seemingly just happen without much warning. As soon as news is available updating any potential Flyers trades - especially those including players on the Phantoms' roster that I can provide updates on - you will be able to find it both in the rolling updates section above and in Flyers/Phantoms centric updates in this section.

I hope all of the above makes sense. Below is a gathering of roster information to look at for the Flyers both this season and for what lies ahead next year. Feel free to join in the conversation in the comments below about any interesting trades you would like to see happen today.

All salary cap numbers come from CapFriendly.

Impending NHL-level free agents this summer: goaltenders Steve Mason ($4.1 million) and Michal Neuvirth ($1.625 million), defensemen Michael Del Zotto ($3.875 million), Shayne Gostisbehere (RFA), Nick Schultz ($2.25 million) and Mark Streit ($5.25 million) and forwards Pierre-Eduoard Bellemare ($712,500), Nick Cousins (RFA), Roman Lyubimov (RFA), Chris VandeVelden($712,500) and Jordan Weal ($650,000).

Impending (currently) AHL-level free agents this summer: goaltenders Anthony Stolarz (RFA), Alex Lyon (RFA), Martin Ouellete (AHL deal) and Mark Dekanich (AHL deal), defensemen Mark Alt (UFA), Max Lamarche (AHL deal) and Jesper Pettersson (RFA) and forwards  Cole Bardreau (RFA), Greg Carey (UFA), Chris Conner (UFA), Scott Laughton (RFA), Taylor Leier (RFA),  Chris McCarthy (AHL deal), Andy Miele (UFA) and Steven Swavely (AHL deal)

Under contract for 2017-18 at NHL-level:
FORWARDS (9) - Claude Giroux ($8.275 million), Jakub Voracek ($8.25 million), Brayden Schenn ($5.125 million), Sean Couturier ($4.333 million), Wayne Simmonds ($3.975 million), Matt Read ($3.625 million), Dale Weise ($2.35 million), Michael Raffl ($2.35 million) and Travis Konecny ($894,167). 
Unsigned RFA's: Cole Bardreau, Nick Cousins, Scott Laughton, Taylor Leier, Roman Lyubimov,  
  • Combined forwards salary in 2017-18:  $39,177,500
2017-18 CURRENT AHL/ECHL FORWARDS (5) -  Nicholas Aube-Kubel, Radel Fazleev, Tyrell Goulbourne, Danick Martel and Colin McDonald
DEFENSE (4) - Andrew MacDonald ($5 million), Radko Gudas ($3.35 million), Brandon Manning ($975,000) and Ivan Provorov ($894,167)
Unsigned RFA's - Shayne Gostisbehere
  • Combined defense salary in 2017-18: $10,219,167
2017-18 CURRENT AHL DEFENSE (6) - T.J. Brennan, Robert Hagg, Sam Morin, Will O'Neill, Travis Sanheim, Reece Willcox
Unsigned RFA's: Alex Lyon and Anthony Stolarz
  •  Combined goalies salary in 2017-18: $0
 2017-18 CURRENT AHL GOALIES (0) - None


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