New farm club

The Wheeling Nailers?

The Canadiens have a new East Coast Hockey League affiliate, replacing the Cincinnati Cyclones and delighting journalists who are never quite sure how many Ns and Ts there are in Cincinnati.

Added bonus: The logo features a hard-working miner from the coal fields of West Virginia.

And yes, you can follow the Nailers on the legendary WWVA, broadcasting at 1170 on your AM dial out of Wheeling with a 50,000-watt signal strong enough to reach ships at sea.

This from the indefatigable Robert L:

The Canadiens were previously affiliated with the ECHL Wheeling Thunderbirds from 1992-93 to 1995-96. During that time slightly over a dozen later round draft choices and some free agent signees played there, such as Louis Bernard, Martin Brochu, Keli Corpse, Dion Darling, Craig Ferguson, Scott Fraser, Robert Guillet, Ryan Kuwabara, Tony Prpic, Yves Sarault, John Uniac, Terry Virtue and Tomas Vokoun. they switched their name to Nailers from ’96 on. Francis Bouillon was the last Canadiens affiliated player sent to Wheeling.

Shout-out to observer for finding a 1968 Sports Illustrated story on Wheeling’s Continental League football team, including this description:

Where but in Greater Wheeling could you find the World’s Tallest Smokestack? (“A Landmark,” the Wheeling News-Register correctly describes it under a front-page picture of the region’s civic monument, “322 feet taller than the Eiffel Tower. “) Where but in Wheeling, and the whole lush Ohio Valley, would you find such a lavish per capita production of steel, chemicals, strip-mined coal, cement dust, smog and slag?

The affiliation will be shared with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

• Another Down Goes Brown classic, this one an application to head the NHLPA.

• In non-hockey news, Lloyd’s of London – fully recovered from the payout on Patrick V. Hickey’s knees – is insuring Troy Polamalu’s hair for $1 million.


• The NHLPA is bringing 23 rookies to the Mastercard Centre in Etobicoke tomorrow to be photographed for Upper Deck and Panini America trading cards. P.K. Subban is not on the list … because he was there last year.

• Wanna buy a Carey Price action figure from McFarlane Toys? They had a Jaro Halak, but it sold out.

• The NHLPA web site has a feature on Mike Komisarek.

• The Nashville Predators, who can hardly afford to be fussy about their coverage, are extending media privileges to bloggers.

James Murphy writes the Bs are still shopping Marc Savard.

Apps – and we don’t mean Syl – for hockey fans.


  1. LA Loyalist says:

    that was funny. thank you.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  2. Bill J says:

    huh ?

    Your last line makes no sense!, RFA’s can be offered contracts too. 

  3. Danno says:







    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  4. Bugs says:

    The Needling Wailers?

    Questionable but unactionable, it’s

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  5. Bill J says:

    Where any of your cited examples UFA’s or RFA’s as of July 1st 2010 ?

    No – that’s because the contracts where signed PRIOR to playing 60+ games.

    Bet on each one of those players getting major raises when their respective contracts are up.


  6. Jordio-oh says:

    good examples. But I feel as if he meant on average, goalies who play that many games, are paid similar to what Price is reportedly seeking.

    (ie. 9 out of the 11 goalies who made the most starts in the league last year were paid more than $3 mill.)

  7. SeriousFan09 says:

    C Lemieux, Chelios, Leclair and his basically managing to throw away every 1st round pick he had under his tenure that didn’t involve the phrase “Proud to select Saku Koivu” after 1984.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

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