Round 2. Today’s the day we expect the Islanders to actually start acknowledging the guys they’re bringing in for Bridgeport. Ren Lavoie reports another this morning: James Wright, former Admiral, Rampage, Lightning, Jet. He played last year in Zagreb, Croatia, with a bunch of former Sound Tigers at one point or another. Yesterday’s crew of reported additions are linked along the way here. A few came across late.
Trevor Smith goes overseas to Bern, Switzerland (h/t: Elite Prospects).
–Running out shortly, but told that in addition to what trickled out yesterday, the Islanders are also adding Justin Vaive, often impressive for the Wolf Pack last year, and Justin Florek, whom you’ll remember from Providence.
–Here’s the official announcement on the six NHL deals the Islanders have to date that they hadn’t announced: Ben Holmstrom, Whitney, Kearns, Wright, Vaive and Florek. A brand-new forwards corps. (Florek brings the adorable kid factor intangibles, evidently.) Bridgeport hasn’t announced its AHL deals yet, but their agent says a couple of more former Sound Tigers are back: goalie Parker Milner and former Yale centerman Jesse Root. A couple of Pittsburgh guys. Milner played for Quad City and Iowa last year> Root split his rookie year between Texas and Idaho.
Local boy Jaime Sifers signed a two-year deal with Columbus, which then signed the guy who went after him in that line brawl here in November: Brett Gallant, the longest-tenured Sound Tigers skater, departing after a little over four seasons. Both of them got two-year deals from the Blue Jackets.
–I should update that post from last night.
–Bridgeport announces nine AHL deals in all: Milner, J. Holmstrom, Root, Barnes and Rowe, as trickled out earlier, plus defensemen Kane Lafranchise, C.J. Ludwig and Bryce Aneloski, and forward Sebastien Sylvestre. Depth, and some may wind up in Missouri, but depth.
–Ludwig, with an assist to BA on Twitter, is in fact Craig Ludwig’s son.