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Phantoms: New Home, New Hope – The Here and the Now

For a few weeks now, we have been asking various people if the planned move to Allentown next season has any effect on the team. When we spoke to Riley Cote last week, he hit the nail on the head. “The main focus is for us as a team is to win, whether it be in Glens Falls or Allentown.” I saw this firsthand Saturday night after the Phantoms dropped a shootout decision to an undefeated Springfield Falcons team. We talk a lot about the poor performance of the team and what has caused it, but what we haven’t really …

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Let’s talk about Allentown. Really, it’s OK.

The Phantoms made a major announcement Wednesday afternoon about the future of their franchise. Once they move to Allentown at the start of the 2014-15 season, they’ll be known as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. There’s a new logo, some tweaked colors, and of course, merchandise for sale. Wait, you missed the big hullabaloo? Me too. As far as I can tell, the news release went out to an Allentown-specific media list that bypassed the usual sources to disseminate information. I find no mention on the team’s official Twitter or Facebook or web pages, and none of the reporters I checked …

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The Phantoms player I’m most interested to follow during the lockout may surprise you

In three seasons covering the Adirondack Phantoms, only two players made me stop and say, “Wow.” Brayden Schenn and Matt Read belonged in a different league from their first shifts. Instead of rookies, they looked like 16-year-olds with forged birth certificates who faked their way into some 13-and-under house league. They were the only sure things. And you didn’t need to be a hockey genius to see it. If you asked me, however, who was the third most impressive forward I covered, I bet you’d be surprised by the answer. This time last year, Matt Ford was a third-liner for the …