Colorado forward and current RFA Ryan O'Rielly has signed a two-year deal to play with Magnitogorsk in the KHL. While O'Rielly owners may run for the hills... it seems as if he has an out clause:

 

"It has been agreed by mutual consent that if Ryan is offered a contract on more lucrative terms in the National Hockey League, Metallurg will not interfere in that contract being concluded," the team said in a website statement.

 

 

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Some news and notes from Thursday night AHL action:

 

Drayson Bowman had a goal and three SOG for Charlotte last night, but he also ended up with a minus-2 rating.

 

Mike Sgarbossa had a goal for Lake Erie - the undersized forward is off to a terrific start in his first season of pro hockey. Colorado acquired him form San Jose in the McGinn-for-Galiardi/Winnik trade. He leads Lake Erie in scoring so far this season, too.

 

One player on Lake Erie not off to a terrific start is Stefan Elliott - through 20 games, the talented young defenseman has only one point. I haven't seen much of him this year (probably two Lake Erie games at the most), and I'm not entirely sure why he is struggling so much offensively - he was a standout in the WHL and looked primed to be Colorado's next young PP QB.

 

In only 30 games with Lake Erie last season, Elliott had five goals and 14 points.

 

Defenseman Tyson Barrie has picked up a lot of the scoring for Lake Erie - he has five goals and 18 points in 23 games. Barrie definitely has the inside edge on a roster spot over Elliott with his play through the first few months of this season.

 

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Braden Holtby allowed only one goal on 27 shots in a 2-1 win yesterday for Hershey.

 

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Barrie defenseman Ryan O'Connor had a hat trick and added a helper last night for the Colts. The 5-10 rearguard has 27 points in 26 games this season. He is only nine points behind his production level from all of last season (split between Saginaw and Barrie).

 

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My latest for the CanucksArmy - an early-season look at the play of Vancouver's top five prospects, including Zack Kassian and Eddie Lack.

 

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Niagara (OHL) put up nine goals on Ottawa last night. Ryan Strome (2+1) led the way. Strome figures to play a big part on Canada's WJC team in a few weeks. I'm not sore of any line combos, but I'd look for him to center the second line behind Nugent-Hopkins or Huberdeau (whoever they put at center).

 

Dallas prospect Brett Ritchie had a goal for Niagara - the big powerforward may find himself alongside Strome on the second scoring unit for Canada.

 

Dougie Hamilton (1+1) also had a solid game - he's a lock to make the NHL if it ever returns. If not, look for him to dominate for Canada at the WJC - he should be the odds-on favorite to win "best defenseman" at this tournament.

 

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There is a player on Sault Ste. Marie named Michael Schumacher. Cool. He had a goal and a helper last night, as well.

 

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Stud prospect Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and an assist for Sarnia last night. I'm a big fan of his game, and look forward to watching him in a few weeks for the US at the WJC.

 

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Another day, another CBA meltdown. This one seemed as scripted as the last few, regardless of how flustered Gary Bettman looked at the podium. Donald Fehr is driving the NHL owners crazy.

 

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At the risk of starting down a thousand word rant, I’ll leave my lockout discussion there. More connected writers than I have shared their thoughts elsewhere – here are a few links if you enjoy self-inflicted pain:

 

Jonathan Willis

 

Pierre LeBrun

 

Michael Russo

 

Yahoo! Sports Puck Daddy

 

 

Check out this slick goal from Caps prospect Stanislav Galiev:

 


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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Sometimes, I think it's harder to write 1000 words of non-lockout hockey info today...than it was to write 3000 words of hockey info last season.
December 07, 2012
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Dakkster said:

Dakkster
... Seemed to be a nice goalie duel between Holtby and Andersen in the AHL last night.
December 07, 2012
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