Rumors Ontario Reign Sign Wyatte Wylie to AHL Contract


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Jul 28, 2004
Filling out the rest of their bench before the start of the 2023-24 AHL season, the Colorado Eagles have hired Steve Konowalchuk as an associate coach (Tweet Link). This will be Konowalchuk’s third stint within the Colorado Avalanche organization, both as a player and as a coach.

In his playing career, Konowalchuk was originally drafted in the third round of the 1991 NHL Draft. Never an elite point-scorer by any stretch of the imagination, Konowalchuk was a quality defensive player for the Washington Capitals for a little over a decade, assisting in the team’s run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1998. Right before the 2002-03 campaign, Konowalchuk was named the tenth captain in Capitals history and would hold that role for two seasons, after a draft day trade sent him to the Avalanche in 2004. Playing in 14 seasons in the NHL, Konowalchuk had his career unfortunately cut short by a Long QT Syndrome diagnosis in 2006.

Taking a few seasons away from the game, Konowalchuk finally returned to the NHL, serving as an assistant coach in Colorado under head coach Joe Sacco from 2009-2011. Konowalchuk then headed Northwest, signing on with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL as a head coach, a position he would hold until the 2017-18 season. He had a brief stay with the Anaheim Ducks, serving as an assistant coach with the team for one season, before then settling in with the New York Rangers for three years as a scout. Finally, Konowalchuk oversaw the head coaching operation with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL as his last stop before joining the Eagles.

Other notes:

  • The Texas Stars have announced the signing of defenseman Ben Zloty to a one-year contract for the 2023-24 AHL season. An undrafted player out of the WHL, Zloty spent the last four years with the Winnipeg Ice, serving as an assistant captain in his final season with the team. In a total of 207 games spent with a single organization, Zloty scored 26 goals and 163 assists for the Ice and also scored three goals and 37 assists in 34 playoff games in his final two years in Winnipeg.
  • A former fifth-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers, defenseman Wyatte Wylie has reached a one-year AHL agreement with the Ontario Reign. Appearing as a solid prospect after his last season with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL, Wylie hasn’t been able to transfer his puck-moving ability to the AHL up to this point. In 131 games played, all for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Wylie has scored nine goals and 26 assists in total. Although not much came of it in the long run, Wylie was finally able to appear in a Calder Cup playoff race for the first time in three seasons, going scoreless in three games.
  • Now a seasoned veteran of the AHL, forward Evan Polei has agreed to a one-year contract with the Phantoms for next season. This will be the fifth team Polei has played on in the last six seasons, having also spent time with the Bakersfield Condors, San Antonio Rampage, Cleveland Monsters, and Manitoba Moose. The most successful stretch of play came during his time in Manitoba, scoring back-to-back 20-point seasons. Polei will serve as an experienced veteran in the bottom six of the Phantom’s lineup, showing off the ability to chip in timely goals.

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