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 is on his way here, though he wasn’t here this morning (and the team has yet to confirm). A career save percentage of .926 in college; a Hobey Baker top-10 finalist last season. Edit, 2:30 p.m.: The team announced Motte has an AHL contract for the rest of the year, and Kent Simpson has been assigned to Stockton.
Blasts from the past all over yesterday’s transactions: Jason Pitton was among several signing PTOs with Oklahoma City, including David Ling, who becomes the AHL’s oldest player this season, notes the release. Pitton’s playing with C.J. Stretch this morning, and Ling scored, so at least someone older than I am has a goal in the AHL this year. Meanwhile, Hershey, coming in on Sunday, added a couple of Capitals draft picks reassigned after their European seasons, including Christian Djoos, son of Per, former Ranger, Red Wing and NHLPA ’93 standout.
Mackenzie Skapski is back in Hartford, apparently to make room on the Rangers roster for some forgotten old goalie. (No, wait, Cam Talbot gave up four last night; trade him.)
And Ridgefield’s Adam Karashik committed to UConn on Monday.