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Cyclones get creative, offer tryout to former Bengal Carson Palmer


(For those unaware, the Cincinnati Cyclones are an ECHL dual-affiliate of the Panthers and Predators)

Jarrod Skalde named Cyclones head coach


From ECHL.com: A five-time team captain and seven-time assistant captain, Skalde was a member of championship teams in Oshawa (OHL, 1990) and Orlando (IHL, 2001). During his professional career, he scored 308 goals with 513 assists for 821 points. He was named the Utah Grizzles "Community Man of the Year" while playing there in 2004. Cycwords has also been on the story of late, so check in with them as well.

Panthers ties with Everblades severed; officially hook up with Lightning


Bolts GM Steve Yzerman via NHL.com: "The Everblades and their management have demonstrated a strong commitment to success by guiding their team to the playoffs in each of their 12 seasons in existence. That is exactly the type of winning environment we feel our players should develop in. Couple that with their proximity to Tampa and there really isn't a better option for us." In the end, having the Panthers walk away from Estero is not that devastating a blow. How many players were assigned there last season...three?

In-demand Chuck Weber named Amerks new head coach


From Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat and Chronicle: Weber, a native of Lockport (NY), guided the Cincinnati Cyclones to the ECHL's Kelly Cup championship in 2008 and 2010. They reached the conference finals in his other two seasons. His teams went 177-92-19. ...and: The Panthers also are expected to add a goalie coach and a strength and conditioning coach. The old management team in Florida eliminated that combined position before last season.

Report: Panthers ending affiliation with ECHL Everblades


From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers are severing ties with their ECHL affilitate, the Florida Everblades and will add a new affiliate by the "end of next week,'' according to (assistant general manager Mike) Santos. Santos also said he expects to name a coach at AHL Rochester this weekend. That came out of nowhere, though it probably should not have. Getting fed up sharing a minor league club - and fighting for prospect ice time - with an Everblades organization owned by the division-rival Hurricanes. Still, the geography of the partnership was second to none... UPDATE: 'Blades beat writer Woody Womack has been on this for the better part of a month, stating: The Everblades have been mentioned in rumors suggesting the team could be in talks with to add either New York Rangers or the Anaheim Ducks as a second NHL affiliate.

Everblades coach Malcolm Cameron resigns


From FloridaEverblades.com: Cameron, 40, coached (ECHL) Florida from 2008-10. In his first season with the Everblades (2008-09) his club claimed the Brabham Cup, best regular-season record, with a mark of 49-17-5. He finished with a record of 87-42-14 in two seasons in Florida and led the Everblades to the Kelly Cup playoffs in both years. In both seasons, Cameron’s Everblades were eliminated in the American Conference semifinals. The Florida Everblades are a shared ECHL affiliate of the Hurricanes and Panthers based in Estero, FL.

On the Farm: Everblades' playoff success get big assist from Amerks

From John Kucko: Forwards Ross Carlson, Jacob Micflikier, Andrew Sweetland, Mathieu Roy, Kevin Baker and defensemen Doug O’Brien and Matt Duffy helped the Everblades to a 4-1 series win over the Gwinnett Gladiators in the best of-seven South Division semifinals. Florida will now meet the South Carolina Stingrays in the division finals, beginning on Friday, April 24th as the top-seeded Everblades host the Stingrays in Estero, Florida for back-to-back contests. Some good scouting reports contained within as well. Ever been to a 'Blades game at Germain Arena in Estero? Top notch organization and facility.

Panthers' and Hurricanes' affiliate Florida Everblades clinch ECHL Brabham Cup


From Our Sports Central: The (crowd's) ovation was not just for the solid effort, but because with the victory (over Charlotte), for just the second time in the team's 11-year history, the Everblades won the Brabham Cup which is awarded each year to the team that finishes with the best record in the ECHL. Although there are four games still remaining on the Everblades schedule their win tonight meant that no other team in the league can finish with a better winning percentage. Bravo, 'Blades! Panthers' prospect Andrew Sweetland picked up an assist in the game as well.

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