EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Sports

November 2, 2012

College Hockey: Merrimack alums feeling lockout pinch

Members of the NHLPA aren’t the only ones feeling the sting of the ongoing NHL lockout.

With an influx of players taking to the minor leagues and Europe while the NHL sits stagnant, young up-and-comers are relegated to lower levels of hockey.

Merrimack grad Joe Cannata, an All-American last season, looked as if he was going to be the starter for the AHL’s Chicago Wolves. It seemed apparent that the parent club, the Vancouver Canucks, were going to deal starter Roberto Luongo, bumping former Phillips and BC star Cory Schneider into the starting role. That would have meant that last year’s Chicago starer, Eddie Lack, was likely destined for the NHL as a backup to Schneider.

But thanks to the lockout, plans changed.

Rosters are frozen, meaning Luongo hasn’t gone anywhere. Lack, who is still eligible to be sent to the AHL, is back in Chicago as a starter and Cannata, instead of wasting away on the Chicago bench, had to move to Kalamazoo, Michigan where he’s suiting up for the K-Wings of the East Coast Hockey League.

For non-hockey buffs, that’s the equivalent of moving from Triple A to Double A in baseball.

And he’s not the only one.

Ryan Flanigan was picked up by the AHL’s Connecticut Whale. A few weeks into the season, he was pinched out of a roster spot and sent to Greenville (ECHL) before it happened again; he’s now with Wichita of the Central Hockey League, in essence Single A.

Chris Barton and Jesse Todd, two of Merrimack’s most prolific scorers of the last five years, are certainly capable of AHL slots as well, but they’re both in the ECHL waiting for roster spots to open.

One who has stuck, however, is defenseman Karl Stollery.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft NHL playoff preview: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings NHL playoff preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens NHL playoff preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Carolina Panthers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Atlanta Falcons Too Hot or Too Cold: Brewers and Rangers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Oakland Raiders NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Houston Texans NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Jacksonville Jaguars Olympic Great Michael Phelps Ending Retirement Draft Preview: Chris Davis Draft Preview: Jay Prosch Watson: 'I'm always going to cry' Is the use of pine tar considered cheating? Draft Preview: Jake Matthews Draft Preview: L'Damian Washington
Boston Sports
Iginla hungry for first Stanley Cup Running Strong: How the Bruins National Anthem brought Boston together Patriots Talk TV: Should the Pats abandon the 2 TE system? Brad Stevens: Hopeful season was a 'learning experience' for young Celtics Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft NHL playoff preview: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings NHL playoff preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens NHL playoff preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday McAdam: MLB replay system already affecting Sox Running Strong: Marathon Sports Manager, Shane O'Hara reflects back on Marathon bombings Merloni: An imperfect game we're trying to make perfect Felger sounds of on the MLB replay system McAdam: Pedroia D.L. stint 'not hard to imagine' NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Carolina Panthers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Atlanta Falcons Too Hot or Too Cold: Brewers and Rangers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Oakland Raiders