Notes from the first day of the rest of our lives

–Mark Wotton, caught as he was leaving the barn early this afternoon, said what he has said all along, that he’s still a player. He wouldn’t comment on any conversations he may or may not have had with the Sound Tigers about returning. He also produced all kinds of good stuff that I think will lead the wrap story.

–The Islanders’ organization is done: Utah was swept after Idaho’s 4-1 win Friday. Dustin Friesen had an assist and was plus-3. His erstwhile D-partner, Jake Gannon, got himself even on Tom May’s goal. Friesen was 0-5-5 and plus-9 in the series, in which Idaho outscored the Grizzlies 21-7.

So, then, the only other of the Reinforcements still playing is Brett Motherwell, whose Cyclones are tied with Charlotte, 2-2, after tonight’s 4-1 loss.

–Game 7 alert: Milwaukee, which has trailed Chicago 2-0 and 3-1 in the series, forced it tonight on a Ryan Maki overtime goal. Ben Guite scored the first goal, early. Peter Mannino started but didn’t finish. Game 7 is Monday in Rosemont.

–I should totally be writing the wrap story. (Really, I should be finishing the wrap story.)

Michael Fornabaio