I wanted to ask coach Martinson about the rest of the regular season, the plans for the playoffs and his future. Here is what he had to say.
Q: You have 15 games remaining in the regular season. Colorado has won 15 in a row and has opened up a five point lead in the standings. What are your goals for the rest of the season?
A: There isn't anything we can do about Colorado because we don't play them and haven't played them since the middle of December. The only thing we can control is ourselves and that is where I am focused. My goal for the rest of the season is to win as many games as we can and to get healthy again. Getting everyone healthy and back in the lineup is important. I expect David Makowski and Tanner Eberle to be available for the games this weekend in Missouri.
Q: What are you doing now to prepare for the playoffs?
A: I am spending a lot of time this week trying to identify amateur players to recruit. These are college/junior players that are just finishing up their eligibility. You can sign as many amateurs as you want but they do count against the roster. These players can be a big help come playoff time. I am also looking at players on AHL contracts that have played at least five games in the ECHL so are eligible for the playoffs. The ECHL rule allows you to have playoff roster slots for players in the AHL that are qualified to play in the ECHL playoffs without naming the players. This provides a lot more flexibility as some of these players may never become available because their team makes a deep run in the AHL playoffs. If you come to an agreement with these players you don't have to put them on the playoff roster. You can put them on a list and when their AHL team is done you have two days to put them on the playoff roster. The key is you have to save some playoff roster spots in order to use this provision. This is how we got Nikita Jevpalovs for the playoffs last year.
Q: At the press conference on Thursday when asked about whether or not you had been signed, you said no comment. Is there anything you can share with Allen fans about your future?
A: All I can say at this time is if I leave Allen I prefer it to be on my terms.
- Here is a story that broke this morning about Reading coach, Larry Courville, leaving after coaching the team for nine years. Sounds like he wanted to stay but couldn't agree on a new deal: http://www.readingeagle.com/sports/article/larry-courville-to-end-tenure-as-reading-royals-head-coach
- It has been a unique experience for Greger Hanson on his assignment in Binghamton (AHL). In his first game he was called for boarding and had a fight. As a result of the boarding call he was suspended for two games. Here is the AHL announcement: http://theahl.com/ahl-announces-suspensions-17feb26
|Greger Hanson #11 for the Binghamton Senators|
- It appears that the Elmira franchise might be saved just as it appeared they were going under. Here are the details about a new owner coming forward for their arena: http://www.weny.com/news/All/foundation-being-laid-for-first-arena-future-02272017
- If you have been tracking Nikita Jevpalovs progress in San Jose he has being doing very well. He has five goals in the last eight games. Jevpalovs has 11 goals this season after scoring only five all of last season. He is a good example of a player that volunteered to come to Allen during the regular season and playoffs last season. He got a lot of playing time, built his confidence and also won a championship. Have to think his time in Allen has something to do with his success in San Jose.
- The Americans will be back on the ice tomorrow as practice resumes after the break. There is an optional skate at 1:00 pm today for those players that are in town and want to scrimmage.
DID YOU KNOW: When Commissioner McKenna was talking about the schedule for next season at the press conference on Thursday he mentioned Allen could expect more games within the division. If you recall, Steve Martinson made the comment that the league needs to be careful in scheduling Allen for too many road games in Colorado. He said we will hit the 100 major penalty mark for fighting if we play those homers in Colorado too many times. I have heard in the past Colorado is tough at home but not too much on the road. Martinson's comment was enough to entice me to actually look up the data. Have to admit it was surprising and proved the point Martinson was making at the press conference. According to the website dropyourgloves.com Allen and Colorado have a total of three players in the top 12 in the ECHL in fights. Allen's Derek Mathers leads the league with 25 fights, Colorado's Teigan Zahn is #5 with 15 fights and Darryl Bootland is #12 with 11 fights. Mathers has had 12 fights at home and 13 on the road. His motto could be I will fight anyone, anywhere. Zahn and Bootland have a total of 26 fights with 22 at home and just four on the road. Their motto could be, sorry we only fight at home.