Quine closer: Tuesday notes

(Made coffee. Opened packets of sweetener. Poured sweetener in garbage. Turned back to mug with empty wrappers. That’s right, ladies, he’s single.)

All hands on deck today, including the once-ill Christopher Gibson and Justin Vaive, along with Alan Quine, taking his first full practice in no-contact red. “Outside chance” he returns this weekend, Brent Thompson said, but he’ll still have to go through a contact practice before that.

Two games in Portland this weekend, then Lehigh Valley here Sunday.

Arthur Staple reports Travis Hamonic is likely out until the all-star break. Also speculates Ryan Pulock could get a look this week.

Locals on the transactions wire: Missouri signed Quinn Smith to an ECHL contract; had been with Norfolk for a bit. Mark Arcobello was sent back to the Marlies. Vancouver sent Andrey Pedan back to Utica.

Denna Laing, the player injured at the women’s Winter Classic in Foxborough, has a ridiculously good attitude. I mean, the positivity. I can’t even make coffee right.

If you missed this Ryan Whitney piece on playing in Russia, go now. Hilarious. (His “strong language” warning is accurate. But still.)

And the football game messed up my DVRing the Simpsons on Sunday night, so I watched on-demand Monday afternoon. Kind of eerie: There was a throwaway joke about someone having a cat with two different colored eyes, “named Bowie.”

Michael Fornabaio