Congrats, Penguins fans!

Enjoy this Stanley Cup victory. I know it was a disappointing end to the AHL season, but you can’t help but feel happy for Jake Guentzel, Carter Rowney, Josh Archibald and Chad Ruhwedel, all of whom got the chance to hoist Lord Stanley on Sunday night.

If you pick up a copy of the Voice on Tuesday, you’ll find some reflections from both Clark Donatelli and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton CEO Jeff Barrett (who was nice enough to talk to me despite being out of the country) on this title run and the heavy involvement from this season’s group of Baby Penguins.

Just for reference, here is a rundown of how this season’s group of AHLers performed in the run to the Cup:

Jake Guentzel: 25 games, 13 goals, 8 assists and 5(!) game-winning goals

Carter Rowney: 20 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, +3 rating

Chad Ruhwedel: 6 games, 0 points, -3 rating

Josh Archibald: 4 games, 0 points, -1 rating (more important, of course, was his physicality)

Others that either suited up but did not play, or were consistent scratches: Tristan Jarry, Derrick Pouliot, Tom Sestito, Oskar Sundqvist, Kevin Porter, David Warsofsky, Dominik Simon, Sean Maguire, Tom Kuhnhackl, J-S Dea, Cameron Gaunce, Frank Corrado, and Garrett Wilson

News and notes

  • Barrett on the departures of Jason Botterill, Doug Davidson and Kyle Moore: “None of this was a shock to us. We knew they had worked their way into opportunities like that.” He also said the team has some potential candidates already in the works.
  • I don’t want to give too much away from our conversation – I’m working on another story that I think you’ll find very interesting – but I do want to mention the high praise Donatelli had for Pat McGrath. He said it’s a goal this next season to put McGrath in position to live out his NHL dream, and that he has put in enough hard work to earn that chance.
  • On the NHL front, the Florida Panthers hired Bob Boughner as their coach on Monday. He had been an assistant with San Jose.
  • Also, Marc-Andre Fleury waived his no-movement clause, paving the way for a potential move to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. At least, that’s the popular theory.

Don’t forget we still have an AHL champion to crown! Grand Rapids is up, 3-2, on Syracuse and headed back home.

Come on back soon!