Chiefs Sign Andress

The Johnstown Chiefs have signed defenseman Doug Andress. A former Ohio State Buckeye, Andress appeared in 64 regular season games with the Chiefs in 2005-06, scoring 37 points (6g, 31a) and earning one assist in five Kelly Cup Playoff games. The Iroquois Falls, Ont.-native also appeared in one game with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights of the American Hockey League, and in three games with the Springfield Falcons, the Chiefs' AHL affiliate, Andress registered his first career AHL goal. "Doug is an experienced player," said Chiefs head coach Frank Anzalone in a press release. "He's strong on the power play and he enjoys playing in Johnstown. He's going into his third pro season, and with the interest in him show by Tampa Bay and Springfield, we're expecting him to perform at a high level this season." [b]8/22 Note:[/b] Today's Johnstown [i]Tribune-Democrat[/i] story of the Andress signing suggests 10-12 parent club prospects could be with the Chiefs this year. The Lightning's Ryan Belec, the new Chiefs vice president of hockey operations and assistant to Tampa Bay Lightning GM Jay Feaster, says several of the young players participating in the Traverse City tournament could end up in Johnstown.

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Huge

Without Andress they would have been scrambling to find another puck mover. Probably the most important signing the Chiefs will make.

I'd say the number will be

I'd say the number will be closer to 12 than 8, especially given that Keller or Lascek probably just got pushed down to Johnstown with the Blatny signing. I wonder if they intend exhile any attitude problems like they did with JF Soucy. The Chiefs fans have implied to me pretty strongly that guys like Henrich were bad apples upon arrival in J-town.

Exhile

You get the feeling the Lightning can't wait for Henrich's contract to run out. Of course, he could pull an Afanasenkov and have a complete turnaround, but the likelihood of that happening is slim. As someone pointed out a few months ago, it no doubt hurts Feaster that his first pick as a GM has flopped like this.

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