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HAMILTON - The Hamilton Bulldogs hope a new-look roster will help them put a three-year playoff drought behind them. Patrick Willis Jersey .After finishing 13th in the American Hockey Leagues 15-team Western Conference a season ago, the Bulldogs have made a number of changes ahead of Saturdays season opener at Rochester. The moves on paper, at least appear to give coach Sylvain Lefebvre a deeper lineup than in his previous two seasons at the helm.Even the guys that we cut, we feel strongly that they can help us out during the season if needed, Lefebvre said in a recent interview. Thats great, and it gives me options as a coach for power-play and penalty-kill units and line combinations. But well have inner competition also, and that brings the best out of people.Hamilton struggled to find the back of the net a year ago, with the second-lowest goal total in the AHL (182). The team has overhauled its forward ranks with former captain Martin St. Pierre, former first-round draft pick Louis Leblanc and veteran Mike Blunden among those released.Many of the new players come with pro experience at both the AHL and NHL levels. There are also some promising prospects in the mix.The Bulldogs signed centre T.J. Hensick, a veteran of 112 NHL games split between Colorado and St. Louis, while new wingers Jake Dowell and Drayson Bowman boast 333 games of NHL experience between them.Last weekend, the Bulldogs parent organization in Montreal dealt goaltender Peter Budaj and forward Patrick Holland to the Winnipeg Jets for winger Eric Tangradi, who will begin his season in Hamilton.The veterans will be counted on to insulate Hamiltons young forward prospects, including second-year pros Sven Andrighetto and Christian Thomas, who impressed management during the Canadiens recent training camp.Montreals final cut last Tuesday, forward Jacob de la Rose, will also begin his season in Hamilton. Lefebvre said the young Swede, a second-round draft pick in 2013, has already impressed his new coach with maturity that belies his 19 years of age.He has poise and great positioning, said Lefebvre. You see it in his puck decisions and puck placement and his defensive zone coverage.Hamilton should be able to ice four competitive forward lines, a rarity in the AHL.On paper, this looks like the best team Ive been on, said Hensick. Ive been really impressed with some of the young guys skill level throughout camp and I think we have four really solid lines.Look at a line like Dowell, (Gabriel) Dumont and (Maxime Macenauer). All three of those guys have been in the NHL. Not many teams are going to throw that out on the third or fourth line.Defensively, Hamilton will be without Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi, who are playing with the Canadiens. But the Bulldogs will bring back an experienced core on the blue-line, anchored by returnees Greg Pateryn, Davis Drewiske and Darren Dietz.That group was bolstered in the off-season by the additions of rookie Mac Bennett from the University of Michigan and Magnus Nygren, who played 16 games in Hamilton last year before returning to Sweden to play with Farjestad of the Swedish Hockey League.Six-foot-eight defenceman Joe Finley, who Lefebvre refers to simply as a presence, arrived in Hamilton as a free agent after two seasons in the New York Islanders organization.There will be fresh faces in Hamiltons net this year, as reigning AHL all-star Dustin Tokarski is serving as a backup to Carey Price in Montreal.In his place, NHL journeyman Joey MacDonald will get the start for the Bulldogs on Saturday. The 34-year-old goaltender will play a dual role for Hamilton as both a starter and mentor to rookie Mike Condon, who makes the jump to the AHL after a successful season in the ECHL. Condon finished with a league-high .931 save percentage in 39 games last season with the Wheeling Nailers, leading them to the second round of the ECHL playoffs.For a young goaltender trying to find his feet at a higher level, Condon said MacDonald is a perfect partner.Joey is the best, said Condon. Hes a great guy off the ice and hes a guy whos seen and done everything, played in every league. Hes got a ton of funny stories as well.Hes a proven NHL goalie, and to be able to pick the brain of a guy like that is invaluable.Condon, like Hensick, said he likes what he sees so far from his new teammates. But he cautioned that a lot could change once the puck drops on the new season.Everyone thinks that their roster looks good before the season, he said. Well see what everyone looks like when the bullets start flying. Bradley Pinion Jersey . -- Nelson Cruz has only two hits in 15 at-bats against the Kansas City Royals this season. Custom San Francisco 49ers Jerseys . But sometimes the way you lose takes precedence over the final score. And how the Jets lost the 5-4 game to the New York Islanders on Thursday is what had Coach Claude Noel hot after the game. http://www.officialauthenticsf49ersonline.com/AUTHENTIC-JIMMIE-WARD-49ERS-JERSEY/ . Joining him in this years class were Switzerlands Patrick Huerlimann and Norways Eigil Ramsfjell. The announcement was made at the world mens curling championship at Capital Indoor Stadium in China.BOSTON -- CC Sabathia provided a lift for the New York Yankees depleted rotation. First, Ivan Nova decided to have season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery. Then Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games for using pine tar. After those developments were announced Thursday, Sabathia went out and threw six solid innings in his second straight strong start and New York beat the sloppy Boston Red Sox 14-5. "Hes taken the mindset since spring training he needs to be the ace of this staff," Yankees catcher Brian McCann said. "He gave us a great outing." He had plenty of help from both teams. Yangervis Solarte drove in four runs, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and three RBIs and Mark Teixeira hit his first homer of the season. Bostons contributions included five errors, 12 walks -- five by knuckleball throwing utilityman Mike Carp in the ninth -- three wild pitches and a passed ball. The Red Sox also allowed three stolen bases, all in the third inning. "The sooner we move past this one the better," Boston manager John Farrell said. Sabathia (3-2) struck out eight while allowing two runs on three hits in six innings as the Yankees rebounded from a 5-1 loss Wednesday night in which Pineda was ejected in the second inning for having pine tar on his neck. "It felt good to get a win. I just wanted to have a good outing," Sabathia said. "I know our bullpen has been taxed." After allowing at least four runs in each of his first starts, he rebounded with a one-run, seven-inning performance at Tampa Bay a week before facing Boston. "CC can be a guy to get on some rolls," New York manager Joe Girardi said. The costliest stretch for the Red Sox was the first three innings when they fell behind 7-0. They made four errors, allowed three stolen bases and had a wild pitch and passed ball. "Every team goes through slumps hitting, goes through slumps defensively," Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts said. "Its part of the game. Were definitely going to get better. Thats not the kind of team that we are." Felix Doubront (1-3) retired the first two batters of the game before Carlos Beltran reached on an error by Bogaerts and scored on a double by Alfonso Soriano. The Yankees added three runs in the second. Brett Gardner led off with a walk before second baseman Dustin Pedroia dropped third baseman Brock Holts throw for an error, allowing Brian Roberts to reach first. Malcolm Smith Jersey. . Solarte then doubled in two runs, took third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch. Teixeira started the three-run third with his homer before Gardner reached on Doubronts error. Gardner stole second and third and scored on Brian Roberts single. Roberts stole second then made it 7-0 when Ellsburys single drove him in. Ellsbury took second on centre fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.s error but was stranded. Boston cut the lead to 7-2 in the third on a sacrifice fly by David Ortiz and an RBI double by Johnny Gomes. New York added five runs in the seventh when all nine batters against Craig Breslow reached base, including Beltran on a forceout at second. Solarte and Derek Jeter had two-run singles and Ellsbury doubled in a run. Boston cut the lead to 12-5 in the bottom of the seventh, scoring on a double by Bogaerts, a sacrifice fly and a passed ball by McCann. Carp made his major league pitching debut in the ninth and allowed one run on five walks. "It was definitely a cool experience," he said, "unfortunately, a bad situation to come into." NOTES: After the game Holt was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. 3B Will Middlebrooks is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday. ... Boston RF Shane Victorino made his 2014 debut after being activated from the disabled list before the game. He had been sidelined with a hamstring injury and the flu. ... Sabathia passed Al Downing for 10th place in New Yorks all-time strikeout list with 1,031. ... The last time Boston made five errors was Apr. 28, 2001, against the Kansas City Royals. ... Meghan Duggan, the captain of the U.S. womens hockey team that won the silver medal this year, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Jake Peavy (0-0) pitches for the Red Sox on Friday night when they open a three-game series in Toronto. Mark Buehrle (4-0) pitches for the Blue Jays. The Yankees return home for a three-game series against the Angels with Hiroki Kuroda (2-1) pitching against C.J. Wilson (2-2) for Los Angeles. ... Bostons David Ortiz set a major league record with his 1,644th game as a designated hitter. He broke the mark held by Harold Baines. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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