It looks as though Patrick O’Sullivan, Lauri Tukonen and John Zeiler will be headed back to the Manchester after tomorrow for the AHL playoffs. As expected, Jack Johnson will not go. He said today that he will stick around Southern California for a week and get a chance to explore the area, then head back to Michigan for classes. There was never any serious thought that Johnson would play for Manchester.
I’ll link to a couple articles from the Union-Leader, whose writer, Kevin Provencher, does a great job of covering the Monarchs. Kevin writes about the possibily of the Monarchs moving (slim) and the Kings establishing a top-level minor-league team on the West Coast (slimmer) and there’s some fun stuff in there about LaBarbera. It seems he’s become quite a hit in Manchester, and that’s no surprise. I’ve missed having him around the dressing room this season because he’s such a fun guy to talk to.