Optional: Thursday notes

Reasonably well-attended optional today; about half the roster out there. Stephen Gionta continues to make progress; he’s resumed shooting. “We want to make sure he’s 100 percent,” Brent Thompson said.

Status quo otherwise. Goaltending for the weekend was to be determined.

All-Star Lead-Up Stuff continues, most notably locally the announcement that Alan Fuehring will be on the SiriusXM broadcast Monday night. The officiating crew includes familiar names. One fewer Quinnipiac guy showing up.

Russia’s — pardon me, totally not Russia’s, absolutely OAR’s — Olympic team includes Islanders draft pick Ilya Sorokin and Rangers draft pick Igor Shestyorkin as two of its three goalies.

And Rochester called up Sacred Heart product Justin Danforth from Cincinnati, where he’s among the ECHL’s leading scorers.

Michael Fornabaio