Home again (long, windy, messy): vacation notes/bookkeeping

If you missed this afternoon’s news, Matt Carkner will return on a two-year AHL contract, and Kevin Poulin also re-signed.

Wrapping up two lost weeks from there…

For a few days a couple of weeks ago, I was out in Chicago, and we stayed out near O’Hare to save a few (hundred) bucks. When my brother was out in Chicagoland, we always flew in and out of Midway, so this was my first time in Rosemont in 13 years. It was kind of neat to be back; if my memory is true, it seems to have been built up more. The Krispy Kreme is gone; the Steak ‘n’ Shake and Target are still there. The Ramada in which the Sound Tigers and I stayed for the ’02 Final appears now to be (a) a Wyndham and (2) closed, perhaps for renovations.

Speaking of the Sound Tigers, Chris Langkow has signed with Elmira (ECHL). Bridgeport sent a release on its canned food drive partnership with Shop Rite, if you wondered where your cans went. You could be Storm: Apply within. (You could also be a PR intern. “Deal with the lunatic beat writer” is somehow not specifically listed in the job description.)

Remember when the Sound Tigers announced they’d signed Bryce Aneloski and Michelle pointed out on Twitter that Aneloski had signed with Orlando (ECHL)? The other half of that equation was solved Thursday: Missouri traded for his ECHL rights. Missouri also signed Long Islander John Schiavo, along with Liam Stewart, “trying to make (his) own name.” (‘Cause you may’ve heard of his parents.)

Couple of weeks’ worth of linkage, yeah? Sorry. C.J. Stretch to Germany. Alexandre Mallet, part of the Andrey Pedan deal, to Kalamazoo.

Where’s my spy camera? Where’s my spy camera? Where’s my spy camera? (Still waiting on the bounceyballers, so a couple of weeks, probably.)

Mike McKenna is not kidding: You want to watch that.

Some CT ties in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class of Chris Drury, Angela Ruggiero, Mathieu Schneider and Ron DeGregorio.

A massive NHL/MLB digital partnership changes lots about the NHL’s online and network presence as Charles Wang and Neulion begin to exit.

Dylan St. Cyr is going to Michigan. They’ll tell you he’s Manon Rheaume’s son, but he’s Gerry St. Cyr’s, too, the ex-New Haven Senator.

Auston Matthews is indeed playing in Switzerland next year. (Agent Brian Bartlett delineates just how perfect a storm it is that this works out.)

Farther afield: Gull Running. Atlas Obscura on the Old Spanish Trail.

Flash Is Dead … which makes for some issues at one of the greatest sites in the history of the Interwebs. Heads best not asplode.

Billy Joel closed the Coliseum, and Mike Vaccaro said lots.

And RIP, Frank Gifford, Cilla Black, Dimas Couto, Alan Jepson, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Lynn Anderson and Roddy Piper.

Michael Fornabaio