This week in the Notebook:
-The first hint of Albany’s preseason schedule was announced on Wednesday: they will travel to Wilkes-Barre on October 6th to face the Penguins.
And two new sets of birds have joined the AHL fold:
-On Wednesday, the Springfield Thunderbirds, formerly the Portland Pirates, were introduced to the world. The name (and in my opinion, the logo) comes from a combination of previous AHL franchises (the Indians, then the Falcons) and a tribute to two local Air National Guard bases. The bird looks like a newer, more dressed up version of the Falcons previous mascot Screech (who may or may not be previous? We shall see).
-Yesterday, the former tenants of the Mass Mutual Center, the Falcons, were re-introduced as the Tucson Roadrunners. Personally I’m a fan of the new logo, reminiscent of former Roadrunner teams that played in Arizona since the mid 1960s, through the old Western Hockey League, the WHA, the Pacific Hockey League, the IHL, and the ECHL. Then there are the many Looney Tunes puns that could come out of this (Acme sponsorship, anyone?)…
The notebook may be closed for the next two weeks, as I plan on a separate draft entry (which I hope to have out by next Sunday afternoon/evening), followed up by the first Free Agent Tracker of the summer July 1st.