With Rebranding, Cleveland Monsters Lose Sense of Identity

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The past year has been one of great change for the Lake Erie Monsters organization. After becoming the AHL affiliate of the in-state Columbus Blue Jackets and winning a Calder Cup, the Monsters decided to reimagine their identity as a franchise. On Tuesday, Monsters’ management unveiled this new vision at an event in downtown Cleveland, and the fans have […] READ MORE


TSP: Columbus Blue Jackets Prospects

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Welcome to the 2016 edition of “Top Shelf NHL Prospects”.  As we go through the Summer of 2016 I will be featuring a team-by-team look at the top prospects in the NHL. I will go team by team through the NHL bringing you a look at each Teams Top Prospects. I will follow the order […] READ MORE


Oliver Bjorkstrand Showing Star Potential in Calder Cup Playoffs

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To say that the 2015-2016 Lake Erie Monsters have been impressive in the postseason is to undersell just how dominant they’ve been on their way to the Calder Cup Finals. After finishing the regular season 43-22-6 and clinching the third spot in the AHL’s Western Conference, they burst into the playoffs in a manner befitting […] READ MORE


2016 Calder Cup Finals Preview

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Previewing the 2016 Calder Cup Finals features a pair of teams that many thought would put up a valiant struggle in the conference finals, but not make it to the finals. 2016 Calder Cup Finals Preview The 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs featured the first time the Lake Erie Monsters were able to advance past the first […] READ MORE


AHL Conference Finals Preview

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AHL Conference Finals Previews are part of Last Word On Sports continuing coverage of the AHL playoffs.  The predictions have been solid thus far: three of four winners in the first round match-ups in the East and in the West were correct, and all four of the second round winners were called as well. AHL […] READ MORE


AHL Second Round Previews

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Last Word on Sports continues its coverage of the American Hockey Leauge Playoffs with second round previews as well as predictions for each of the series.  What are your round two predictions for your favorite AHL team?  Let us know in the comments section below. AHL Second Round Previews Ontario Reign vs. San Diego Gulls […] READ MORE


AHL Western Conference Playoff Preview

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The AHL Western Conference Playoff Preview kicks off the last professional league to begin their postseason.  As a reminder, the AHL seeds the teams based on winning percentage, not points.  A primer on the interesting rankings is found here. AHL Western Conference Playoff Preview Ontario Reign vs. San Jose Barracuda The mirror image of the […] READ MORE


London Knights Acquire Rights for Sonny Milano

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Today saw another player in the Columbus system making moves in the trade market, as young forward, Sonny Milano, had his rights traded from the Flint Firebirds to the London Knights. In exchange for Milano the Firebirds will receive a conditional 15th round draft pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. This 15th round pick […] READ MORE