Maine Hockey Journal

Lamoureux signs with Abbotsford

When the Portland Pirates hit the ice in the fall, they will have a new backup goaltender behind Jhonas Enroth as the Grand Folks Herald reported that JP Lamoureux has signed a one-year deal with the Abbotsford Heat, the AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames.

Lamoureux played key role for the Pirates last season, including the playoffs when he started in place of an injured Jhonas Enroth.

The Grand Folks, ND native appeared in 31 games for the Pirates where he posted a 14-12-2 record with a 2.98GAA and a .894 save percentage.

At 5-10, 169-pounds, Lamoureux joined the Sabres organization after appearing in their rookie development camp last summer and was signed shortly afterward.

Prior to that, he was a member of the Alaska Aces where he led them to the Kelly Cup Final, ultimately losing in seven games to South Carolina.

Lamoureux played four years with the University of North Dakota.

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Pirates Hall of Famer Todd Nelson was named as the first head coach of the Oklahoma City Barons today.

The Barons joined the AHL after the Edmonton Oilers, the Barons NHL parent club, activated the club after a four-year hiatus.

Nelson played only two years with the Pirates, but he certainly made a difference on the ice especially in the first year where he played a vital role in the Pirates winning the Calder Cup in ‘93-’94.

In 155 games, he scored 21 goals, 69 assists for 90 points.

As a head coach with the Muskegon Fury of the former UHL, he won back-to-back championship in 2005 and 2006. Nelson would then move on to Atlanta Thrashers organization where he was an assistant with the Chicago Wolves before moving up to the Thrashers as an assistant in 2008.

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Had a chance to exchange emails with Sabres Assistant GM Mark Jakubowski and its clear the Sabres have some work to do to get the Pirates competitive before puck drop in the fall.

They haven’t begun to address free agency for the Pirates, yet, which is nothing new if you look at the history of the Sabres. It’s usually August before the Sabres begin to sign depth players for the organization.

He did indicate that they’ve had conversations with Jeff Cowan’s agent about possibly returning to the Pirates for this season, but nothing further. He also said that Brad Larsen is considering a career in coaching, but it wouldn’t be within the Sabres organization.

Jakubowski said they are talking to Dineen and expect to have him signed to a contract extension soon.

As for Mark Mancari, he still remains unsigned, but the Sabres have made their feelings known that they expect him to be in camp in the fall.

“When a player remains unsigned, Europe is always an option… (Mancari) has been qualified; we have spoken with him and at this time expect him to be under contract and in camp this fall.”

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