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Paliotta signs with the Blackhawks

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Westport’s Mike Paliotta agreed to terms on his ELC with the Blackhawks, Chicago announced this afternoon. Paliotta was their third-round pick in 2011 and just finished four years at Vermont. [Read More]

New guy in net: Thursday notes

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Aside from the new goalie — C.J. Motte will get a start this weekend, Brent Thompson said, but he wasn’t committed to when — status quo for Bridgeport this morning. Brett Gallant’s status appears to depend on conditioning; seemed to be OK to go otherwise. Harry Zolnierczyk remains out; didn’t make the trip with them […] [Read More]

Waiting on Harry: Wednesday notes

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After a workout yesterday, the Sound Tigers got back on the ice Wednesday without Harry Zolnierczyk. Brent Thompson doesn’t expect him to play this three-in-three weekend. Brett Gallant practiced with contact, though, and his conditioning is coming along. They’ll see how it goes over the next couple of days. Reportedly Ferris State goalie C.J. Motte […] [Read More]

Cleaning up: Providence postgame

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One thing everyone around this team talks about is how hard the players work. Hasn’t been in doubt. The results haven’t followed. They’ve worked to clean things up the whole way here. A lot of them were cleaned up tonight. Goaltending wasn’t bad; Kevin Poulin got beat on a wrister 35 seconds after Andrew Cherniwchan […] [Read More]

Not confusing effort with achievement: Sunday postgame

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There is none of that in the Bridgeport room. If you want to take the positives from two games in which they outshot and outchanced their opponents (the power play figures are the smallest part of that), there’s that. But… Well, from the initial “couple of games of competing better” question, Thompson (with his team […] [Read More]

‘Outgoaltended’: Lehigh Valley postgame

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This has been the season where something somewhere is always going wrong, and tonight’s turn was pretty clearly Kevin Poulin’s. Some bad luck, perhaps — what looked like an Adam Comrie floater apparently ticked off Colton Gillies for the tying goal — but not his night, as Brent Thompson put about as bluntly as he’s […] [Read More]

Won’t be getting up today: Lehigh Valley postgame

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A point. Hey, better than it was. Still a 10th straight loss (team record), 10 in a row without a win (two shy of the team record), 17th straight without a regulation win (team record). Remarkable. Actually, with the Phantoms embarking on the fateful power play in the final seconds, Kevin Poulin got tied up […] [Read More]

Conacher, Leggio traded

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The Islanders have traded Cory Conacher to Vancouver for Dustin Jeffrey. 2:16 p.m.: Jeffrey was leading Utica in scoring with 17-24-41. No word if he’s coming here or up there yet. That’s two former WBS Penguins acquired by the Islanders today. Meanwhile, David Leggio’s agent tweets that Leggio has been traded to Phoenix. Awaiting word […] [Read More]

(Another) heartbreaker: Springfield postgame

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My first “who to talk to” instinct was Colton Gillies. He walked out of the room with a bit of a muffled scream after this one, so I felt like the instinct was going to work out. “Heartbreaking” came up once or twice. “The feeling in the room, at least, is we’re so close,” Gillies […] [Read More]

Stretch run (without Stretch): Thursday notes

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Roughly status quo today at practice. Some rejuggling. Ryan Pulock left early; minor thing, Brent Thompson said (don’t think it’s related to the last injury), should be fine for the trip to Springfield tomorrow for two games. Then back home for Wilkes-Barre on Sunday to start March. (How’d that happen?) Bridgeport mostly playing for pride, […] [Read More]