Wednesday Sharks Links: AHL unveils realigned divisions

Your daily assortment of links to news and analysis from around the hockey world.

  • With several teams relocating to the west coast, the American Hockey League finally unveiled its realigned divisions yesterday. The new Pacific Division features the San Jose Barracuda, Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton's affiliate), Ontario Reign (L.A.), San Antonio Rampage (Colorado), San Diego Gulls (Anaheim), Stockton Heat (Calgary) and Texas Stars (Dallas). A full playing schedule is expected to be announced in the summer. [AHL]
  • Jack Eichel's overtime winner against Slovakia lifted Ben Smith and Team USA to the top of their group at the World Championships. They'll face Switzerland in the quarterfinals. [NBC Sports]
  • In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Tampa Bay advanced to the Eastern Conference Final with their 4-1 Game 6 victory over Montreal yesterday. [Raw Charge]
  • They'll face the winner of tonight's Washington-New York Game 7. With them on the verge of yet another, it's a perfect time to look back on the Capitals' history of playoff collapses. [Grantland]
  • The old adage is that hard work beats talent if talent doesn't work hard, but talent always works hard in the playoffs. [The Score]
  • Finally, Sharks prospect Rourke Chartier made a pretty nifty behind-the-back pass in Game 3 of the WHL Final between his Kelowna Rockets and the Brandon Wheat Kings. Kelowna is up 3-0. /