Denny Johnston officially joined the Reign today, almost a week after the Manchester Monarchs released the center from his AHL contract. Johnston told me last weekend that joining the Reign was contingent on passing a physical, since he had broken his wrist in late November while playing in Manchester.
Evidently, he must have passed. In addition to the announcement earlier today that Jon Rheault and Dusty Collins have been released from Manchester, Johnston’s arrival means the Reign have potentially three forwards coming their way from the AHL this week.
Also, the Monarchs grabbed goaltender Jeff Jakaitis from the ECHL Charlotte Checkers to replace Jonathan Bernier, whom the Kings recalled to replace Erik Ersberg a couple days back. That’s good news for Reign fans who wanted to see Jeff Zatkoff, Kellen Briggs and/or John Murray in uniform a while longer.