Monday was a big day of news for the Reign, and most of it was bad.
First, the very bad: Winger Kyle Kraemer and defenseman Pat Bowen will both start the season on injured reserve with lower-body injuries they suffered in Sunday’s 3-1 win over the Las Vegas Wranglers. Both are expected to miss 2-6 weeks.
The growing list of injured players now includes defenseman Jason Fredricks (knee), defenseman Adrian van de Mosselaer (mononucleosis), Kraemer and Bowen. In addition, there is still no resolution to Chad Starling’s immigration issue, leaving the Reign without four of the seven defensemen they signed over the summer — five, if you include Jordan Hill, who is starting the season with AHL affiliate Manchester.
Depending on your point of view, it’s either a bad omen for the rest of the season or good timing. Including Mike Montgomery, a rookie out of Minnesota-Duluth whom Christie signed Monday, the Reign will be able to start the season with six defenseman (Dylan Yeo, Jeff MacPhee, Iain McPhee, Travis Gawryletz and Philippe Seydoux are the others). Once the others get healthy, and Starling is allowed to cross the border, Christie will have plenty of blue-line options at his disposal.
Another good problem to have will arrive soon in the form of a fourth goalie, J-F Berube.
Berube was assigned to Ontario on Monday after Jeff Zatkoff was assigned by the Kings to the Manchester Monarchs, which temporarily gave the Monarchs three goalies. Berube joins Beau Erickson, Jase Weslosky and Dustin Carlson in camp. Christie must choose one goalie from among Erickson, Weslosky and Carlson, and that will be a key decision between now and Friday’s regular-season opener.
Forwards Kyle Reed and Dean Yakura will not be on the opening-day roster, as both were cut Monday.
Plenty more in tomorrow’s editions of the Sun and Daily Bulletin.