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Springfield, Tampa Bay to Terminate Deal?

According to a report in today's Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, despite Springfield Falcons President and General Manager Bruce Landon denying Edmonton rumors at a recent booster club meeting, the newspaper states, "It’s widely believed that both sides will agree to terminate the deal, opening the door for Edmonton to align with Springfield and Tampa Bay to move its prospects south to Norfolk."

Landon had informed Falcons boosters the fact the AHL club and Lightning have two years left on their current affiliation deal.

The Times Leader cited a story in Sunday’s Edmonton Journal stating the Oilers could announce an affiliation deal with the Springfield Falcons shortly.

The Times Leader reported media sources in both Springfield, Mass., and Edmonton, Alberta, couldn’t confirm the Journal report, but the sources said that chances are good that the deal could come to fruition, possibly within the next week.

Springfield has been the Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate for the past three seasons.

The Falcons are in the midst of their eighth straight losing season.

AHL Game Day 3/11: Falcons at Wolf Pack

Springfield gets their butts handed to them.

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Jonathan Boutin allowed 5 goals on 36 shots in the loss. The Falcons were outshot 36-14 in the game including a shell shocking 16-3 in the decisive opening frame in which Hartford leapt out to a 3-0 lead. Defenseman Joe Rullier made an inauspicious Falcons debut registering a -3 rating in the game, just slightly better than the team's top line veterans who each checked in at -4. Springfield allowed a disgusting two shorthanded talleys in the game.

First Period
HFD Immonen, (12) (Baranka, Degon), 6:29 (SH)
HFD Immonen, (13) (Byers), 10:52
HFD Dawes, (16) (Jessiman, Richter), 19:24

Second Period
HFD Callahan, (34) (Byers, Liffiton), 7:05

Third Period
HFD Callahan, (35) (Immonen), 3:51 (SH)

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Republican Addresses Rumors

In today’s Springfield Republican they briefly mention the Edmonton rumors:

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Falcons president and general manager Bruce Landon met with the Booster Club prior to the game. "We have two years left on our deal with Tampa Bay," Landon said, debunking a rumor that Edmonton was planning to become Springfield's parent team next season. "I told our fans that I feel their pain." Landon also assured the fans the Falcons have not been sold and will operate next season.

As Nigel mentioned in the Greco/AHL discussion, Bill Barber and Claude Loiselle canceled their appearance with Springfield fans to watch Mike Lundin play UMass. If Maine's season is indeed finished, and considering Springfield's injuries to their defensemen (Rosehill, Rullier and now Matt Smaby), Lundin could be signed pretty quick - pending education issues, I'm sure.

AHL Game Night 3/10: Bruins at Falcons

Ramo slays Goliath.

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Karri Ramo stopped 38 of 40 shots faced for the win. Norm Milley led the way offensively with a pair of goals, including a shorthanded talley. Veteran Eric Healey had the game winning goal and added an assist. Individual helpers belonged to Radek Smolenak and PJ Atherton. In 4 games since his recall, Atherton has 2 goals, 3 points and, just as importantly, a solid even rating.

Brady Greco suited up but did not play in the game for Springfield. Milley, Ramo and Healey were named the game's three stars. Ramo and the Falcons ended a Providence winning streak which had reached six games.

First Period
SPR Milley, (21) (Smolenak), 4:49
PRO Krejci, (23) (Lashoff, Glenn), 18:35 (PP)
SPR Milley, (22) (Healey, Atherton), 19:44 (SH)

Second Period
SPR Healey, (24) , 2:20

Third Period
PRO LeClerc, (1) (Stuart), 9:32

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/9: Pirates at Falcons

Gerald Coleman gets some small measure of revenge.

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SPR-2

Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 34 shots in the loss. Daniel Corso and PJ Atherton had the Falcons goals. Individual assists belonged to Matt Smaby, Norm Milley, Dan Cavanaugh and Justin Keller. Tonight's game turned on a 5 minute high sticking penalty in the second period on Marek Kvapil which Portland cashed in on twice to assume a lead they never relenquished the rest of the way.

First Period
SPR Corso, (15) (Smaby, Milley), 6:53 (PP)

Second Period
POR Carter, (11) (Salcido, Wilson), 7:06 (PP)
POR Salcido, (6) (Carter, Wilson), 8:52 (PP)
POR Keith, (10) (Hartigan, Weinrich), 9:45 (PP)

Third Period
SPR Atherton, (2) (Cavanaugh, Keller), 7:37
POR Hartigan, (25) , 13:16

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

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