The Phantoms’ schedule may not bring as much excitement as it once did when the team resided in Philadelphia, but here is the full Adirondack schedule for 2009-10. Replacing Hershey as the Phantoms’ geographical rival, will be Albany, who will face the Flyers’ affiliate 12 times.
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With former coach John Paddock taking over Assistant General Manager duties, the Adirondack Phantoms have hired former Calgary Flames and Toronto Marlies’ coach Greg Gilbert as the head coach for the 2009-10 AHL season.
“We are pleased to add Greg to our organization as head coach of the Phantoms,” said General Manager Paul Holmgren. “He has a wealth of coaching experience at many levels and has shown a unique ability to work well with younger players.”
In three seasons with the Marlies, Gilbert racked up a respectable 123-89 record. However, he didn’t fare as well in his three years in Calgary, finishing his tenure, 14 games under .500.
Gilbert was also a player, appearing in close to 850 NHL games, most with the New York Islanders. Gilbert holds the NHL record as the only man to win a Stanley Cup with both the Islanders and New York Rangers.
According to Bill Meltzer of hockeybuzz.com, the Flyers have signed Krys Kolanos and Mika Pyorala each to one-year contracts for $500,000. Although the Flyers have not officially announced the signings, they are complete. Both players were inked days ago as possible depth forwards, with Pyorala having a better chance of cracking the everyday lineup for the Flyers.
Pyorala comes as one of the top-billed Finnish players not in the NHL. At 28-years old, he comes as an established two-way forward in the mold of former Flyer Sami Kapanen. Kolanos is an established AHL scorer, but lacks the consistency to get serious time in an NHL lineup. However, Kolanos could prove to be a decent short-term call up.
Shortly after announcing its move from Philadelphia to Glens Falls, NY., the Adirondack Phantoms have released the new jerseys for the 2009-10 AHL season.
The main colors will be orange and black, with a hint of purple down the sides and back. The Flyers logo will appear as a shoulder patch on the jersey as they remain the Flyers’ affiliate.