Knock It Off, Day 3/Admirals reinforcements: Tuesday notes

We were warned about David Leggio’s personality coming in. It’s been in clear focus the past few days. Radio appearance early this afternoon, Marek vs. Wyshynski at about 2:20. We chatted a bit about the attention today for tomorrow’s paper.

Mike Halmo practiced today; took the whole thing. “One more day of rest can’t hurt,” Brent Thompson said, hoping Halmo will be ready to go for the weekend’s two home games with Albany. Things otherwise looked relatively similar.

Norfolk, bright and early tomorrow. “I know Norfolk’s a big, physical team. They always play hard. A great organization. I know their coaches,” Thompson said. “We have to be prepared to battle.”

Norfolk could be inspired by its goaltending situation. With injuries up and down the organization (you may’ve seen Jason LaBarbera’s whirlwind Sunday, which included Dwayne Roloson putting the pads on), the Admirals’ current tandem is a pair of rookies, Ryan Faragher, late of St. Cloud State, and Etienne Marcoux, fresh from the QMJHL. If anybody can rough ’em into shape quickly, it’s Sudsie Maharaj, reportedly in town with the Ads.

It’s that morning-game time of the year. Bridgeport’s tomorrow is one of three, including one in Hartford. Rochester hosted one this morning. Didn’t go so well for the home team.

Albany appears set to arrive with a new vet in tow: Mark Fraser signed an AHL deal, the team announced Sunday night. They also had a goalie swap, Scott Clemmensen headed down from New Jersey, Keith Kinkaid called up.

And congrats to our old colleague Mike Puma, new president of the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Michael Fornabaio