“Were they sent to hell?” “Worse, Wisconsin”: pregame notes

Liveblog on a separate post, because this set of accumulated notes and links got long after a day off, a trip to Stratford for golbol presentations, and a haircut:

Quite the night last night for Adam Pelech: took a gash to the right cheek from Derek Stepan’s skate, but came back to earn his first NHL point, and he was out on the ice to defend a one-goal lead on what would’ve been the last shift of the game if not for Kyle Okposo’s empty-netter. Pelech was named third star. And then this morning he was given another assist, this one on that empty-netter. Good for the kid.

A fascinatingly involved trade involves three teams and a few guys who could show (or could have shown?) up next week in Bridgeport: Montreal acquired John Scott and onetime Sound Tigers defenseman Victor Bartley and sent them both to St. John’s. The Habs then called Bartley up later in the afternoon. The IceCaps make their second and final (barring playoffs) visit Wednesday. (Bartley’s last Bridgeport appearance was Jan. 17, 2010; he played on the road five days later in his last Sound Tigers game. It sounds now as if those will stay that way.)

A slew of familiar names get assistant coach jobs under John Tortorella with the United States’ World Cup team, including Jack Capuano.

Scott Gomez signed a PTO with Hershey. Raffi Torres was sent down the hall for a conditioning loan with the San Jose AHL side. Chris Higgins wound up in Utica, which (unrelatedly, I presume) tore up Jon Landry’s PTO to give him an AHL deal.

Our buddy Stan Capp directs us to this fun Mark Morris interview full of tidbits from his time in New Haven. Speaking of the Elm City, Jason Chaimovitch pulled quite the note from the archives.

Neat all-star sweaters. A cool story from ace St. Louis Cardinals beat writer Derrick Gould on the attempt to move the Browns to Los Angeles. Ben Zimmer on Language Log notes John Kasich’s dialect in last night’s debate.

RIP, Luis Arroyo, Dan Haggerty and Lawrence Phillips.

And RIP, Alan Rickman, the Voice of God.

Liveblog shortly.

Michael Fornabaio