Trio close to returning: Thursday notes

Some good and unexpected and kind of big news this morning: Chris Bruton is cleared to play. They finished up what they had to finish from his surgery, he practiced today and he’s cleared at the trainers’ and coaches’ command. Story coming in tomorrow’s paper. John Persson and Marc Cantin also appear ready to go, […] [Read More]

Progress continues

Further progress: Both John Persson and Marc Cantin got through the complete practice today; more of a systems day than the past few days’ conditioning, skating, battles. Persson (who, when they rushed, rushed with the ol’ familiar Sundstrom and Kabanov) said he was feeling good afterward. Chris Bruton was missing for a follow-up doctor’s appointment. […] [Read More]

Banged up, back in: Tuesday notes

There’s progress on a couple of Bridgeport’s injured forwards. Chris Bruton has been skating with the team the past few days, getting his conditioning in for sure, getting closer. And John Persson joined them for the first half of practice today at Wonderland, feeling good and looking good out there. When Persson left as the […] [Read More]

A day’s work

So they worked. They skated at the Wonderland of Ice. Awhile. Started on one sheet; went to the other. (That’s not that unusual here, but they gave both sheets a beating.) They do skating drills with coaches calling out “first period,” “second period,” “third period.” Naturally, today there was overtime. “They’re going to put in […] [Read More]
Categories: Cantin, de Haan, Milner, Sim, Wiles

Milner up; Staple: Nilsson too

In the words of the great Sammy Adams "we goin..coast to coast" — Parker Milner (@milzy35) November 17, 2013 I thought that was Thomas Paine. Shoulda paid attention in history. The simplest immediate solution to the Evgeni Nabokov injury appears to have happened. Arthur Staple says Anders Nilsson gets the call tomorrow, reuniting the 2011-12 […] [Read More]
Categories: Milner, Nilsson-Anders

Meetings of the minds

I could swear it wasn’t this close. I mean shots, first and foremost, but you could say the same about the game. The players met for, ballpark, 10 minutes after the game. The coaches’ doors were shut, too, awhile. There was no rah-rah waiting behind those closed doors. Pretty sure they get it. “We had […] [Read More]


…for the first time in 10 days short of three years, since the Wes O’Neill game. Mike Dalhuisen is out after hitting his head on the ice at the end of that fight last night, so Sean Escobedo makes his AHL debut. Alan Quine draws back in for Nick Larson. Bridgeport has one to scratch, […] [Read More]
Categories: Bruton, Hartford, Pregame

Arms up

Stay out of the box. Score on the power play. Kill penalties. Simple recipe. Hard to do. Harder when you’re not sure what’s what. Things were kind of all over the place tonight, what was a call, what wasn’t, whether the puck went straight over the glass or off it first (Jack Skille, inside voices!). […] [Read More]
Categories: General