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Phil Janack's article updated:


It wasn't until Tuesday that Ryan had his name added to the AHL all-star record book.

The original official stat sheet had Ryan credited with eight shots on goal in Monday's all-star game, which also shown as his total through two periods. It was the most by any skater.

A second look at the game sheet on Tuesday showed Ryan with nine shots, though no other mention was made of the change, in which Ryan matched the modern-day single-game all-star record set by Martin St. Pierre in Toronto in 2007.

In another unannounced change, Binghamton's Mattias Karlsson was formally credited with the goal he clearly scored 4:03 into the third period that was announced as Karlsson (No. 40) but went down on the game sheet as scored by Peoria's Jonas Junland (No. 44). It was Ryan that passed the puck to Karlsson for his goal.


Albany rookie defenseman Benn Olson has been assigned to ECHL Florida for conditioning. Olson hasn't played since breaking his right hand in a fight Nov. 27 at Binghamton.

Olson resumed full practice the first week of January but has yet to play a game. He is scheduled to play six games in 10 days with the Everblades.

"We still have seven healthy 'D' up here, and this gives Benn a chance to play," Daniels said. "He's been out for a long time. We've been dressing seven 'D,' and Benn's the eighth guy. This will give him a chance to get back in game shape."

Olson had one assist and was plus-1 with 21 penalty minutes in six games for Albany this season.


Center Bobby Hughes was among the players who boarded the bus at 8 this morning for the 9 1/2-hour ride to Norfolk. Hughes, who had sports hernia surgery in mid-December, hasn't played a game since Nov. 8.

He missed the second half of last season with a neck injury that threatened his career, but returned to the Rats lineup Oct. 22 and had two points (1g, 1a) and was minus-6 in seven games before being reinjured.

"Bobby made the trip more to keep him on the ice and keep his legs going," Daniels said. "Hopefully, it well keep him going forward. There's an outside chance that he could play on Saturday, but that's a long shot, at best."


Grand Rapids goalie Jimmy Howard was named AHL player of the week on Tuesday after going 2-0, 0.94, .971 with one shutout in two games. He stopped 67 of 69 shots.

The Rats nominated goalie Justin Peters, who was 2-0, 0.50, .981 with one shutout in two games. He stopped 53 of 54 shots.

Howard is the second Grand Rapids player to earn weekly honors this season, following rookie center Francis Pare on Dec. 21. The last Rats player to be honored was goalie Michael Leighton on Oct. 28, 2007.

In fact, Leighton is the only Albany player to get the weekly award since Aleksander Suglobov on Dec. 12, 2004. Yes, 2004. That's one Rat in 118 weeks.

Last season, Daniel Taylor and Miika Wiikman were co-players of the week on Jan. 27, 2008. This one was close enough to be shared, as well; what would it have hurt? The league couldn't spring for an extra etched crystal award? Bad call by the AHL.


Albany (19-21-3-2) won its last two games before the all-star break to move four points ahead of last-place Norfolk (16-21-2-5) in the East Division, 43-39 .... The Rats were swept on their last trip to Norfolk Dec. 17 an 19, losing 2-1 and 5-0 .... The Admirals are without goalie Karri Ramo, suspended six games by the AHL for leaving the bench to take part in a game-ending brawl Jan. 23 .... Philadelphia holds the fourth and final playoff spot in the East, with 54 points. The Phantoms are off until Saturday .... Albany center Dwight Helminen (1g, 3a) and defenseman Bryan Rodney (2g, 1a) are on three-game point streaks .... Daniels and defenseman Casey Borer, who went home to Minnesota for the break, are meeting the team in Norfolk.

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River Rats: Hurricanes recall Ryan after offensive surge

Thursday, January 29, 2009

By Phil Janack (Contact)

Gazette Reporter


The Albany River Rats return from the AHL all-star break with a significant hole in their lineup.

All-star forward Michael Ryan was recalled by the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday for tonight

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