On Taylor and Taylor.

In case you missed today’s notebook, including items on Karl Taylor’s semi-recent contract extension, some injury updates and some alumni updates, have a gander here.

One item that was left on the virtual cutting-room floor was about Justin Taylor …

Center Justin Taylor is often among the last guys left stretching after a game or a practice. It’s a small price to pay after missing all of last season with a back injury.

“There was a time when I thought it didn’t look so good,” he said. “I couldn’t bend over and touch my toes. … Deep down I thought I could come back.”

Taylor never signed a contract after splitting the 2008-09 season between the Las Vegas Wranglers and three AHL teams. He suffered the initial injury sometime during that season, and he is still proceeding with caution.

“I’ve got to make sure I stay on top of it,” the 27-year-old said. “I’ve got a bunch of exercises I do before and after every game.”

In eight games with the Reign since arriving from the Idaho Steelheads in a trade for future considerations, Taylor has one goal, four assists, 13 penalty minutes and a minus-2 rating.

“He doesn’t have his legs under him yet. He got hurt this year at the start, he was out for a couple weeks,” Karl Taylor said. “He’s a big guy who’s really skilled with the puck and we’re going to look to hi to create more offense and do some things in those areas (close to the net).”

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.
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