A change, a suspension: Tuesday notes

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Missing today at Wonderland were two names missing from Sunday’s lineup. Johan Sundstrom still isn’t feeling well, Scott Pellerin reported. But Jon Sim, a healthy scratch the past two games, was released this morning, Pellerin said.

“Looking at the makeup of our team, the guys coming back, the style we’re playing and the quality minutes he needs to have to have success in this league, he just wasn’t going to get them,” Pellerin said. “It was a really tough decision at this time of year, but it was a hockey decision.”

Sim had two goals (in back-to-back games, at Utica and the Teddy Bear goal on the five-on-three against Hershey) and two assists in 14 games. He’d been scratched for the last game of a three-in-three twice, then the past two games.

That left 12 healthy forwards on the ice for this morning’s practice, though John Persson joined them in a red non-contact jersey. He’s making progress. So, Pellerin said, is Joey Diamond, able to ride the bike; they’ll see how he goes from there.

Thought they could go a couple of ways on Sunday’s Mike Cornell/Sean Backman hit; it looked different from different angles (not that the video was crystal clear). They went the harsher way today: Cornell received two games from the AHL this afternoon. He’ll be eligible to return Sunday against Albany, missing Hartford and the Manchester rematch.

At least they seem to be getting healthier on defense. Marc Cantin and Sean Escobedo both practiced in full today.

Yesterday, Bridgeport sent Parker Milner back to Stockton. The Thunder had a wild one Sunday; Greg Miller had a three-point game.

South Windsor’s Jon DiSalvatore came back from Germany and signed with Syracuse (clearing waivers Monday, the league notes). Akim Aliu signed a PTO with Hartford; could debut Friday against Bridgeport.

Canada’s women’s hockey coach for the Olympics? Kevin Dineen.

Stefan Fatsis talks about the history and etymology of the term “slew-footing” (around 53 minutes in). Nitpicks aside, Colin Campbell’s 1997 reference was the first time I remember hearing the term in widespread use.

And via Chris Peters, an NHL.com story on how the U.S. junior team misses Tim Taylor.

Michael Fornabaio

One Response

  1. raul17 says:

    Couldn’t tell from “live shot”, but from that replay, it didn’t look like an illegal check to the head. Both players were reaching for the puck from opposite directions resulting the collision. Wish I could have seen video(s) that the officials seen to warrant two games. If Backman hadn’t hit his head on the ice, I doubt there would have been a suspension. Sorry to hear that Sims was released. Real good guy.