Two men missing this morning, one newcomer, one in a different but not unusual spot. Let’s start with who wasn’t here. Chris Langkow was released from his PTO, which sends him back to Alaska to get some games in as he comes back from injury. Tony Romano, Brent Thompson said: “personal,” without more specifics.
Dallas Jackson joined the group on defense. “We’ve got seven D out there who are reliable, with Olson being the seventh, a strong, physical presence,” Thompson said. “Dallas Jackson’s a big body, seems like he moves his feet very well. Wes Cunningham’s mobile, got a head on his shoulders.” They join, in order of appearance, Donovan, Oleksy, Gentile and Landry. Benn Olson, in the different but not unusual spot, wore white today with Tyler McNeely and Trevor Gillies.
Mark Katic, Calvin de Haan and Brett Gallant (the latter two in orange no-contact jerseys) took part in the whole practice (except the contact parts). They’re not expected back this weekend. (In case it got lost in the chat, Barry Goers went back to Vegas on Tuesday.)
If you didn’t see it earlier in the week, our Vinti Singh from news side wrote on the business side of having the NCAA* at the barn, with the note that the team says Sunday was its highest-grossing date.
I may’ve been looking in the wrong spot earlier, but Sports Club Stats has the AHL playoff probabilities up and… well, sorta running; the stats are a week old. Going into last Friday, Bridgeport had a 70 percent chance of making the playoffs, by their numbers; that presumably went up a smidgen.
All kinds of injuries for incoming Adirondack**, including former future Sound Tiger Blake Kessel. Edit: Here’s more of a summary from Tim McManus. And if this got lost in the chat, too, Boyd Kane is suspended for the weekend, so he’ll miss Sunday’s game here. (And Sunday’s a TV game to Central PA, apparently.)
Edit2: Trade sends almost-BST Bryan Rodney to Edmonton for former BST Ryan O’Marra; O’Marra reports to Syracuse.
Gwinnett sent Jackson to Bridgeport, and today it sent former Sound Tiger Joey Haddad to Hamilton***.
Edit3: Milwaukee re-upped with Nashville through 2014, with a mutual option for one more.
Community corner: You can sign up to bowl with the Sound Tigers. And Saturday morning is the second annual Special Olympics Floor Hockey Invitational, with the support of the BST Booster Club and the team. It’s at Fairfield University’s Quick Recreation Complex, 9-11:30 a.m. with awards and lunch to follow for the competitors. Neat event last year.
*-I both love and hate reading USCHO’s weekly Bracketology. It’s obviously going to change week-to-week; there’s no real way to predict today who’ll be here in late March. But it’s fun to think about.
**-Aside: As seen on Tim McManus’ feed, so wrong, but…
***-For some reason, Peter Lenes’ name always trips my “local ties” radar. I wish I knew why. Somebody have a similar name on a local team, maybe? As far as I know, his ties to the area are “played two NCAA games at Harbor Yard for Vermont.”