Moncton Wildcats head coach and director of hockey operations Danny Flynn doesn’t expect the Sea Dogs to completely fall off the rails this season even though their lineup will look dramatically different.
"They've got a winning culture there," Flynn told Sportsnet.ca this week. "I still think they're going to be a very competitive team. I certainly wouldn't write them off at this point. You don't have that much winning happen inside your room and you forget how to win."
The Wildcats should have a good team this year and hopefully won’t be as boring as the 2011-12 Wildcats. Flynn says Halifax will be the team to beat and he is correct.
The Wildcats and Sea Dogs meet twice during the pre-season. They meet for the first time in the regular season on Wednesday, September 26 at Harbour Station.
Sea Dogs defenseman Ian Saab tweeted this past week that he is heading to Europe.
Saab is eligible to return to Saint John as a 20-year old player but, at the moment, he’s probably the fourth or fifth best overager the Sea Dogs have.
The Sea Dogs acquired the defenseman through the Lewiston Maineiacs (RIP) Expansion Draft last year. Saab recorded nine points in 52 regular season games and three in 12 playoff matches. He provided toughness but often got into penalty trouble.
Former Sea Dog enforcer Brett Gallant will return to the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers next season, reports the Summerside Journal Pioneer.
The Journal Pioneer reports that Gallant has signed a one-year contract with the New York Islanders’ AHL affiliate.
“I had a good year until I got hurt in January,” he told to the paper. “I had a good experience playing in the games I did, and I hope to build on that this year.”
Gallant, who spent parts of three seasons with Saint John, had two goals, an assist, and 80 penalty minutes in 25 games with Bridgeport last year.
The Sea Dogs will play the Wildcats on September 7 at Amherst Stadium in pre-season action. The Wildcats issued a press release about the game earlier this week.
“The Wildcats are happy to have partnered with the Amherst Ramblers who will be selling 50/50 at the game with a donation going to local minor hockey,” states the release. “Tickets will go on sale soon at the Amherst Stadium, stay tuned for more details.”
This will be the first time either team has played a game at Amherst Stadium.