Alex Ackerman starts off by recapping Syracuse’s roster situation. She describes the veterans left on the team, including captain Gabriel Dumont, forwards Daniel Walcott and P.C. Labrie, defenseman Darren Raddysh, and goalie Max Lagace. Alex echos concerns among the fan base about the lack of veterans on the team. Veterans Charles Hudon, Remi Elie, and Fredrik Claesson who played huge roles with the Crunch last season, were not brought back by the Tampa Bay Lightning. She then discusses the signing of overager draftee Lucas Edmonds, a player who is looking to start the season in Syracuse.
Alex then gets onto the big story of the past week, the release of the AHL schedule. After discussing the league’s shift to all of the teams playing 72 games and summarizing the return of the five-team playoff slate for the North Division (and why she dislikes this decision), Alex turns her sights to Syracuse’s portion of the schedule. She theorizes about the reasons the Crunch has been consistently starting their season on the road the past few seasons and takes a look at how the shift to 72 games has changed the team’s opponents and overall game slate. Alex discusses what has stayed the same about the schedule, as well, and how she feels about those familiar patterns.
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