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  • Carolina sends Leggio and Dodge to the Rats

    Rats get first players
    By Phil Janack
    Friday, September 26, 2008

    Earlier this week, the Carolina Hurricanes sent seven players back to their Canadian junior teams. Today, 11 players comprise the first group assigned to the River Rats.

    Forwards Mike Angelidis, Nicolas Blanchard, Stefan Chaput, Nick Dodge, Pat Dwyer, Bobby Hughes and Ryan Weston; defensemen Ryan McGinnis and Benn Olson, and goaltender David Leggio are all on their way. The Rats open training camp with a 10:30 a.m. skate at the former Knickerbocker Arena on Sept. 30.

    Angelidis, Blanchard, Chaput, Dwyer, Hughes and Weston spent all or part of last season with the Rats; Dwyer was named Albany's captain for the postseason. Dodge and Leggio each also played in Albany last season -- for Clarkson in the ECAC Tournament. Leggio, a Buffalo native, skated for Jim Salfi's Capital District Selects before college.

    The Rats will announce their training camp roster, which is expected to include Cohoes native Marc Cavosie, on Monday. They host Bridgeport at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 in a preseason game.

    Carolina's training camp now stands at 42 players.

  • #2
    Then I will be seeing them on Thanksgiving evening, as the River Rats come to Binghamton to play the Senators on the traditional Thankgiving evening game.


    • #3
      Assuming they stay there. With 42 players still in the Carolina camp, the later cuts may knock them down to the ECHL.
      CCT '77 & '78


      • #4
        Originally posted by joecct View Post
        Assuming they stay there. With 42 players still in the Carolina camp, the later cuts may knock them down to the ECHL.
        Yeah Joe - AHL roster right out of school is a pretty good step up, hopefully they will stick there, but if the rest of Carolina camp cuts wind up in Albany........


        • #5
          Dodge should stay with the Rats. Leggio and Mazzoto will have to fight it out for backup goalie during Rats training camp. Although Goalie Justin Peters did not look sharp during the hurricane camp, so its possible he may go back down to the Everblades


          • #6
            Originally posted by joecct View Post
            Assuming they stay there. With 42 players still in the Carolina camp, the later cuts may knock them down to the ECHL.
            Well Joe, they sent 11 players to the Rats. Assuming that the Canes cut another 17 and travel with 25, that would give the Rats a 28 man roster, maybe just 2 or 3 too many for an AHL team.


            • #7
              Dodge can play at the AHL level right now, for sure. Where Leggio starts may well depend on Carolina's depth in goal which I'm not up on...yet.
              Rich S


              • #8
                ALBANY, NY – Jakub Petruzalek recorded a four-point game, while Yannick Tifu and Nicolas Blanchard each scored two goals to lead the Albany River Rats to a 5-3 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in preseason action Wednesday night at the Times Union Center.

                Albany starting goaltender David Leggio played the first two periods of action, stopping 15-of-17 shots faced and earning a no-decision. Backup goalie Ryan Munce played the entire third period and recorded the victory, while making 7 saves on 8 shots for the River Rats. Bridgeport starter Nathan Lawson stopped all 24 shots he faced over the first 29:47 of action, but did not factor in the decision. Backup Mike Mole replaced Lawson for the final 30:13 of play, allowing five goals on 20 shots and was tagged with the loss. The River Rats out-shot the Sound Tigers 44-25 in the game and finished 3-for-12 on the power play, while Bridgeport went 1-for-10 with the man-advantage.
                Last edited by adk46r; 10-02-2008, 06:52 AM.


                • #9
                  Goalies Justin Peters and Daniel Manzato were reassigned to Albany by the parent Carolina Hurricanes today. Their arrival signals the imminent departure of David Leggio, on a two-way AHL-ECHL contract, and Ryan Munce, who is in Rats camp as a free agent.


                  • #10
                    David Leggio, 24, was recalled to Albany and practiced with the team on Tuesday morning at the Times Union Center. The Williamsville, New York native signed a two-way AHL contract with the River Rats on July 24th and attended the Carolina Hurricanes NHL training camp on a free-agent tryout. Leggio was assigned to Albany and participated in the River Rats camp in late September, playing in their first preseason game against Bridgeport. He was loaned to the Everblades on October 5th and has gotten off to a strong start to his first year of professional hockey; in eight games for Florida he is 5-2-1 with a 2.16 goals-against average, a 0.928 save percentage and 2 shutouts. The Clarkson University alum (2004-2008) made his professional and AHL debut on April 13th, 2008 with the Binghamton Senators playing against the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center.

                    Albany will ring in the month of December with two-straight home games against the Norfolk Admirals on Wednesday, December 3rd and Friday, December 5th; both games are scheduled for 7:00 pm face offs at the Times Union Center.

                    River Rats flex ticket packages and individual game tickets are on sale now at the River Rats office and the Times Union Center Box Office. For more information please contact the Albany River Rats at (518) 487-2244 or online at

           - AHL Affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes


                    • #11
                      I saw Nick Dodge play on Thanksgiving against the Binghamton Senators. He looked okay, but did not stand out.

                      We play Albany again on New Year's Eve. Maybe I'll get a chance to see Leggio in nets.