The Sound Tigers practiced at the MassMutual Center for the second day in a row after watching Sandy beat up the Connecticut shoreline from afar. More about the storm’s effects on the team tomorrow (effects ranging from “rental house wrecked” to “house fine no really”). Even so, they seemed to be in pretty good spirits, all things considered. Sounds as if the arena has made it through OK, too. The players and coaches and staff are on their way back to Connecticut, probably as I’m typing, to assess the damage and get back to something resembling normal. Scott Pellerin wanted to say thanks to the Falcons, to their staff, to the Sheraton, to Jamie and Leni on his own side for all they did for the Sound Tigers through these crazy few days. So there it is.
The mundane stuff: Nathan McIver was off skates, but Anders Nilsson was on for the second day in a row. He confirmed what everybody else has been saying: He’s not sure what’s up, either. “We’ve been doing a lot of tests,” he said. “I can say it’s nothing dangerous.” So that’s a little peace of mind, at least, but still, he’s just not feeling right and isn’t sure why.
“I’m hanging in there. I’m taking small steps, trying to get back up,” Nilsson said. “It’s good to be back in there, but I’m not feeling 100 percent. I can’t tell you if it’ll be two days, a week.”
Storm’s thrown a lot of things off (including Kirill Kabanov follow-up; he and his folks took shelter in Springfield as well). Think we may just call the chat off for the week, unless maybe there’s a groundswell to do one Friday.
Hope you’ve made it through OK. RIP, Lt. Russ Neary and all who’ve suffered.