AHL announces alignment, playoff format for 2013-14

From our friends at Chairman How's Glorious Army: The AHL announced the league's alignment and playoff format for the 2013-2014 season today. The Crunch remains in the Eastern Conference in the East Division.

D Brendan Mikkelson not given a qualifying offer

TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that the Lightning will not retain Brendan Mikkelson, making him an unrestricted free agent. Mikkelson had played most of his 2013 season with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

Game 6: Gudas "Probable"

Lost to some in the excitement of last night's game 5 win by the Syracuse Crunch over the Grand Rapids Griffins was the news that a certain defenseman should be returning to game action on Tuesday in Syracuse.

Is defenseman Radko Gudas a go for Game 5?

Absent from the Calder Cup Finals since sustaining an ambiguous lower body injury in the Eastern Conference finale against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Radko Gudas participated in an optional skate this morning in Grand Rapids. Click the link title to see the full report from Lindsay Kramer at

Syracuse Crunch radio also living the Calder cup dream

Nice piece about Crunch play by play announcer Dan D'Uva as he gets ready to call his first Calder Cup final this weekend.

Raw Charge on YouTube

Yeah, we have our own channel on YouTube now. Can't promise a ton of video content but I can say we're on YouTube now.


Saturday night's Lightning vs. Canadiens game was featured on the flagship telecast of the sport: Hockey Night In Canada. During the telecast, an "Inside Hockey" feature aired, highlighting Lightning rookie and 2013 Calder Trophy contender Cory Conacher.

Former Lightning D McBain Sentenced To Prison

Former Lightning Defenseman Michael McBain was sentenced in Las Vegas Wednesday to four to 15 years for sexually assaulting a girl over a four-year period. The abuse started since she was 12. He was drafted in 1995 by the Lightning and played for the team from 1997-99.

Cory Conacher inspired shirt design is here

"There are no certainties in this life, except death, taxes, and Cory Conacher" You've seen the Twitter memes of #DeathTaxesConacher, now own a shirt inspired by the phrase.

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