None of the injured were back on the ice for Bridgeport, but Bracken Kearns was back in his usual spot, feeling better. Colin Markison also went the whole way in a red no-contact jersey. Brent Thompson called him day-to-day; Markison’s not going to Binghamton, but Thompson didn’t rule him out for Sunday against Wilkes-Barre.
Kearns was flanked by Josh Ho-Sang and Rocco Carzo. “Listen, I saw good things at training camp,” Thompson said of Carzo. “He made a great impression at training camp. His work ethic’s outstanding. He plays heavy, which means he does a good job protecting the puck. He shoots the puck well. He’s been a really big presence (for Missouri). … His wall battles are good. He goes to the net.”
Connor Jones serves out his suspension this weekend.
Five-year extension for Cal Clutterbuck with The Big Club. Alan Fuehring and I saw that news after we got back upstairs. And Alan said just about exactly this when we did. And then we saw that Brendan had tweeted that. They’re still on the same Peoria wavelength.
Justin Vaive got an AHL deal in Rochester; call-ups for Aaron Ness in Washington and Andrey Pedan in Vancouver.
Tom Sestito and Teddy Blueger are back for the Penguins.
Joey Diamond hadn’t played an AHL game since the end of the 2013-14 season, when he was a Sound Tiger; he hadn’t scored an AHL goal since about a month and a half earlier. Wednesday for Springfield, he did both.
Ambassador Bobby Valentine? Come on, that wouldn’t even be on the short list for wildest things in 2016. (A friend hadn’t seen why Bobby Valentine was trending on Twitter. I joked he’d talked trash about Mercyhurst. Lakers at Sacred Heart, tonight at Harbor Yard. They meet again tomorrow at Avon Old Farms in the third-annual Jason Pagni Memorial Game.)