Injured list gets smaller: Thursday notes

Back on the ice for the Sound Tigers, and it looks as if all of Stephen Gionta, Colin Markison and Ryan Pulock are available for the weekend, with Kane Lafranchise possible.

It’s possible that they all play only two of the three games, assuming they’re in. Brent Thompson implied that Saturday might be more likely for Gionta’s return than Friday, for instance, which would change at least one of today’s practice lines.

Back-to-back Star Wars Nights for the Sound Tigers. Springfield has its night Friday. Bridgeport wears special jerseys Saturday. Will have to get the “hang ON back there” tweets ready to go.

The Big Club survived one last night, but getting to watch Scott Mayfield pick up a couple of assists on national television was fun. Over the years, Mayfield has talked at times about wanting to shoot more and wanting to jump into the play more. He got a point off both of those last night.

Fresh off his three-point game in Bridgeport on Tuesday, John Quenneville got the call to New Jersey.

Jason Akeson came back from the KHL and wound up in Binghamton; Mark Divver reported that Providence signed him, but Binghamton claimed him off waivers.

A 10-day DL in baseball will take some getting used to. Glad they’ve got a deal, though.

Alan Sepinwall interviews Al Jean and Mike Reiss on The Critic, an underrated TV series.

And RIP, Grant Tinker, and somewhat belatedly, Milt Okun, whose memoir we mentioned a year and a half ago.

Michael Fornabaio