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Syracuse Crunch 2014-15 AHL Schedule Released

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Some quick thoughts and notes on the AHL schedule release and what it means for Tampa Bay's top affiliate.

Crunch ink forward Costello to an AHL deal

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Costello totaled 82 points (41g, 41a) in 145 collegiate games with the University of Notre Dame.

Ben Bishop and the #Yzerplan

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Ben Bishop's contract extension continues Steve Yzerman's overall plan for Lightning prospects (in this case, in goal): Playing time and starts at the lower levels without being rushed.

Jerome Samson signed to a two-way contract

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The forward is ranked as one of the top 10 AHL free agents this summer.

Crunch headed to the AHL's Northeast Division

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Syracuse had been playing in the AHL's East Division, but league re-alignment will now see them playing in the AHL's Northeast division.

Goalie Allen York signed by AHL Syracuse

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York played for the Crunch for a brief period during the 2013-2014 season, going 1-2-0-1. It's assumed that the netminder is slated for the 5th organizational goalie spot.

Cody Kunyk re-signed to one-year deal

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The undrafted NCAA free agent forward appeared in one game with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season.

AHL free agent Matt Corrente signed by Tampa

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It is assumed that the defenseman will spend most of the year helping to shore up Syracuse's blue line.

Forward Mike Blunden signed by Tampa Bay

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Blunden has played in 379 career AHL games with Hamilton, the Syracuse Crunch, Rockford IceHogs and Norfolk Admirals, posting 83 goals and 187 points. He also has 102 NHL appearances.

Tampa Bay re-signs Crunch captain

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Forward Mike Angelidis has played in 515 career AHL games with the Norfolk Admirals, Albany River Rats and the Syracuse Crunch, collecting 99 goals and 207 points and 1,079 penalty minutes

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Syracuse free agents: who is in, who is out

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The Syracuse Crunch is only keeping a small number of players from the 2013-2014 AHL season. Brett Connolly, Dmitry Korobov and Philippe Paradis have all been qualified.

Syracuse Crunch: Analytical Year in Review

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The 2013-14 season was a bumpy one for the Syracuse Crunch after playing their way to the Calder Cup Finals vs. the Grand Rapids Griffins the year before. We'll use data to look under the hood and...

Defenseman Blujus signed to Entry Level Contract

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If assigned to Syracuse, Blujus could be a much-needed infusion to a blueline that struggled mightily last season.

The Black Aces that really weren't

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Syracuse Crunch players like Adam Erne, Luke Witkowski and Vladislav Namestnikov all arguably earned the right to be considered a Black Ace had the group been formed in Tampa. But what about...

The Black Aces that Weren't: Part 1

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Forward forward Cedric Paquette and goalie Kristers Gudlevskis only tell a little bit of the story of the Black Aces that Weren't. Paquette and Gudlevskis saw NHL time, but what about the other...

Cedric Paquette recalled to the NHL

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Paquette is probably one of first of the Black Aces to be recalled, although he could see playing time in one of the two games left before the Lightning's regular season ends on Sunday.

Miracle at the War Memorial

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The story of a ridiculously improbable come-from-behind victory from this past weekend.

Crunch still have things to prove

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The Syracuse Crunch are still proving things to themselves and to their fans even though the end to the AHL regular season is in sight.

Invasion, TampaCuse style

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What we did on our spring vacation: staff writer Alex Ackerman and editor Cassie McClellan spent some time invading Tampa this past month, on a mission to watch hockey and drink coffee.

Thoughts on the end of an era in Tampa Bay

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It hit me on Sunday that an era has ended in Tampa, and the path forward doesn't feel as certain as it once did.

A little hope goes a long way during a bad season

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Syracuse Crunch fans got a little boost of hope this past Sunday in the form of an improbable win over a divisional rival.

Accepting the approaching end of an AHL season

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When things are bad, sports fans tend to follow the five stages of grief. Crunch fans may have finally, hopefully, reached the acceptance stage.

Checking in with Lindback and Panik in Syracuse

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Tampa Bay Lightning regulars Anders Lindback and Richard Panik impressed in a 4-0 victory for the Syracuse Crunch over the Wilkes-Barres Scranton Penguins on Friday night.

Playoff hockey: An impossible task? Maybe not.

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With just 24 games left in the Crunch's season, Syracuse has a lot of ground to make up if they want to see playoff hockey. Making it is still possible, but it won't be easy.

A season of woe for the Crunch

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Recent successes by the Tampa Bay Lightning's AHL affiliate have vanished this season as the Crunch flounder.

Syracuse experiences pandemonium

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With both of their goalies on recall to Tampa Bay and less than 24 hours until their next game, the Syracuse Crunch found themselves in dire straits. The solution was unorthodox and left fans...

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