It’s crazy, but it’s true: Monday notes

A rough status quo this morning for the Sound Tigers, though (or including that) Kane Lafranchise didn’t practice. Brent Thompson said he’s day-to-day, and his plan at least as of 11:30ish was to stick with the six defensemen he has. Suppose the only change to that plan would be if the Islanders sent him someone by 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Lines as they were Saturday, except with Travis St. Denis in Ross Johnston’s spot. Stephen Gionta and Colin Markison practiced again; possible for the weekend, Thompson said, but not for tomorrow.

Albany, in here tomorrow night, sent Miles Wood up to Jersey this morning. On principle, I will call them the River Rats at least once. (Who am I kidding? I will call them that by accident at least once.)

A very strange night in Raleigh, from all accounts, where Gerard Gallant and assistant Mike Kelly were fired after the Panthers’ loss to Carolina, then were left to get a cab at the loading dock. The Panthers’ interim coach is their former GM: Tom Rowe, who has been in here with assorted AHL teams over the years. There was a report that Rowe might bring up Geordie Kinnear, his assistant in Albany and now head coach in Springfield, to join the staff with Florida, but that hasn’t happened. The Thunderbirds’ next game happens to be Friday night at home against Bridgeport.

And Tom Gulitti on the growth of the ECHL.

Michael Fornabaio