Caught a few minutes with Garth Snow today about Anton Klementyev’s situation, which is basically unchanged; he’s suspended. “We intended to send him to the East Coast League to get him some playing time, and he in turn said he was going to Russia.”
–Had the idea of an ECHL stint come up before? “We talked about, and I don’t know the exact timing, a week prior to that, whether to get him 25 minutes of ice time, playing in more situations. It wasn’t going to be a long-term stint in the East Coast League, probably more like two or three weeks.”
–Is Klementyev in Russia now? Snow said he didn’t know. “I didn’t book his plane ticket.”
–What’s the future: “Like I said, he’s suspended right now, and we retain his rights. He made a decision to not honor his contract.”
–Would Snow bring him back to Bridgeport? “There’d have to be a lot of conversations going on. I can’t give you an informed answer without talking through it with all the parties, Anton, his agent, Brent (Thompson), with the players in the locker room. I don’t think it’s a positive situation when a player packs up and leaves his teammates.”
I left messages a couple of ways with Klementyev’s agent on Saturday but haven’t heard back.
Waiting on de Haan news. If I hear anything, it’ll probably go on Twitter first.
Buying single tickets Saturday in Bridgeport? Amanda Cuda notes that a $20 advance ticket will partly benefit the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center at Bridgeport Hospital.
Jeff asked in the chat if the Sound Tigers had ever won three consecutive games by the same score. Turns out they had, in February 2002, winning three 3-2 games in a row. Interrupted in the search around 2006, I found later that they also won March 12, 13 and 19, 2010, by 3-2 scores, the first two in shootouts at Norfolk, the next one at Syracuse. He may be interested to know, too, that in January 2010, they played four consecutive 3-2 games… although they won the first two and lost the second two. (Or he may not.) They lost three consecutive 3-2 games Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 2011.
That fight at the Phantoms’ bench in Hershey over the weekend earned both Tom Sestito and Joel Rechlicz a one-game suspension. Troy Bodie of Syracuse got three games for a hit on Nathan Lawson.
Anaheim brought in Trent Yawney to Syracuse as associate head coach, though keeping Mark Holick around.
And RIP, Ron Caron.