If you were anywhere near Twitter or reliving the recently-completed Stanley Cup Playoffs on NHL Network, you know that it was a very busy hour in NHL circles yesterday.

The fun and frivolity began around 2:15 central time when the Edmonton Oilers shipped superstar forward Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Adam Larsson.

“I was a little bit shocked,” Hall said of the trade. “You hear rumblings going on throughout the draft and afterwards, and certainly when it happened, you’re just a little bit shocked, but I’m excited for the challenge and I’m excited for a new team that wants me there.”

Business really picked up around 3pm, when one of the biggest trades in NHL history was pulled off. Shea Weber was sent to the Montreal Canadiens for P.K. Subban. Both Subban and Weber are former Norris Trophy winners for the best defenseman in the NHL.

Minutes later, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that Steven Stamkos will remain in Lightning gear for eight more seasons.

The important news for readers of this site, of all the teams involved in yesterday’s trades, there were no minor pro players or draft picks exchanged.

Aside from big NHL news, it was busy across minor pro hockey yesterday, too.

  • The Chicago Wolves have tabbed former Philadelphia Flyers head coach Craig Berube to be their next head coach. Berube accumulated a 75-58-28 record in two seasons behind the bench in Philly.
  • The younger brother of former NHL goaltender Roberto Luongo now has a new gig with the Springfield Thunderbirds.
  • It is the end of the road in Grand Rapids for 38-year-old Jeff Hoggan, who captained last year’s squad that was bounced in the division finals by the eventual champion, Lake Erie Monsters.
  • Fans in Hershey will hear a new voice behind the mic for the team’s radio & television broadcasts next season. The voice of the Bears, Scott Stuccio, took to Twitter make an announcement Wednesday night.

As news of the move surfaced, Bears fans developed a petition to keep Stuccio behind the mic. As of this writing, the petition has 100 supporters. Meanwhile, Stuccio has not said what his next move will be.

  • With the deadline for qualifying offers to be submitted by midnight ET tonight, several teams announced signings across the ECHL on Wednesday.
Adirondack Thunder Re-Signed (D) Mike Bergin (8 pts and +12 in 55 gms reg season gms, -2 in 12 playoff gms)
Brampton Beast Re-Signed (F) Brandon Marino (41pts in 40 gms last season)
Fort Wayne Komets Re-Signed (F) Jamie Schaafsma (39 pts and +20 in 70 reg season games, 9 pts in 16 playoff gms)
Signed (F) David Friedmann (4G in 8 regular season gms)
Signed (D) Cole Martin (13 pts, 34 PIM in 57 regular season gms)
Indy Fuel Re-Signed (F) Justin Hussar (+1 in 2 regular season gms)
Re-Signed (G) Keegan Asmundson (7-10-1, 3.13 GAA, .903 SV %)
Manchester Monarchs Re-Signed (F) Gasper Kopitar (33 pts, +12 in 57 regular season gms, 1 pt in 2 playoff gms)
Re-Signed (F) Troy Power (12 pts in 45 gms, 1 goal in 5 playoff games)
Re-Signed (F) Mark Anthoine (19 pts in 35 reg season games w/team)
Signed (D) Justin Agosta (21 pts in 41 reg season games, 1 A in 5 playoff gms)
Orlando Solar Bears Re-Signed (D) Eric Baier (Career-high 38 pts in 66 games)
          For the latest on ECHL transactions throughout the summer, check out:


  • Dan Watson was announced as the head coach of the Toledo Walleye yesterday. He is the third head coach in the team’s history.

“I’m excited and honored to have this opportunity,” says Watson. “Toledo is the best place to play in the ECHL. “We’ve had great success during the regular season the past two years and got so close to playing for the Kelly Cup in 2015. My job will be to build a championship-winning team by attracting talented, character guys that’ll get us over the next hurdle to win it all.”

Watson did vow to have a more physical team than Lalonde did for his two seasons in Northwest Ohio.

  • The Missouri Mavericks will name a new coach at 2pm. Joe Rozycki will cover the announcement and have more on the hire later today.
  • The goaltending situation in South Carolina is partially set for next season. It appears that Vitek Vanecek will spend the season with the Hershey Bears. The Capitals signed netminder Adam Carlson during the Kelly Cup Playoffs and backed up Vanecek when Mark Dekanich went down with an undisclosed injury late in the conference semifinals. Caps goaltending coach Mitch Korn tells the Washington Post that the organization will sign a netminder to an AHL-deal and send them down to South Carolina.
  • The ECHL has announced more awards which were handed out at last week’s league meetings in Las Vegas:
    • Greenville wins a complete set of dasher boards and under-ice graphics from AMI Graphics. The Swamp Rabbits also won the Website of the Year award.
    • Tommy Daniels was named ECHL Broadcaster of the Year. Alan Fuehring (Greenville,) Cameron Close (Adirondack,) Ken Cail (Manchester) and Tom Callahan (Indy) were the other finalists.
    • DJ Abisalih won the Excellence for Media Relations award. Zach Dooley (Adirondack,) Kevin McGlue (Colorado,) Mark Thompson (Reading) and Adrian Denny (Utah) were the other finalists.
    • The Cincinnati Cyclones won the Marketing Award of Excellence and Kristin Ropp was named the ECHL Executive of the Year.
    • The Florida Everblades were named the Ticket Department of the Year award winners.

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