BY: Bruce Berlet
For the past two summers, former Hartford Wolf Pack high-scoring wing Alexandre Giroux had Europe on his mind.
The personable Giroux had established himself as a premier AHL player without getting a full-time shot at the NHL, so he thought it might be time to head overseas.
But when the start of free agency rolled around on July 1, 2010, Giroux had second thoughts. Sure he had scored more than 300 goals in the AHL, including 60 and 50 in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons as the Hershey Bears won back-to-back Calder Cup titles, but he had played less than two dozen games at the highest level and the itch remained to be there.
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BY: Bruce Berlet
The New York Rangers could be seeing even more of the arch-rival Islanders if a realignment plan approved by the NHL Board of Governors on Monday night is implemented.
At the BOG meetings in Pebble Beach, Calif., the board approved a plan that eliminates the current two-conference, six-division setup in favor of a configuration that features four conferences based primarily on geography. Two conferences will have eight teams, the other two will have seven teams.
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Tagged Calder Cup, Chad Johnson, Columbus, Connecticut Whale, Dallas, David Poile, Eastern Conference, Gary Bettman, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, National Hockey League, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, NHL, Northeast Division, Pavel Valentenko, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby, Southeast Division, Western Conference, Winnipeg