It’s been an unusually busy week in hockey, both locally and nationally, keeping this reporter on his toes a tad more.
Then Jason Christie grabbed a linesman’s shirt Sunday night.
There was no word out of the ECHL offices Monday whether or not Christie will face supplementary discipline. Expect that decision to be handed down tomorrow or Wednesday. The Reign visit the Las Vegas Wranglers on Thursday.
One bright spot in the Reign’s 2-0 loss Sunday was the continued progression of goalie Chris Carrozzi, who will be the focus of tomorrow’s notebook on Page 2 of the Sun and Daily Bulletin. In short, dude’s had a rough start to the season. Somewhat reminiscent of Beau Erickson last year.
Here are a few things that won’t make the notebook (but are still newsworthy):
- Darcy Kuemper wrote on his Twitter account today that he’s moving in — a sure sign that his time in Houston with the AHL’s Aeros is more than temporary. Players typically are given a hotel room at the outset, then are given a team apartment if they’re part of the long-term plan.
- The news is better for defensemen JP Cote and Dylan Yeo (as far as the Reign are concerned). Head coach Jason Christie said he expects both players to return from their AHL stints after the upcoming weekend. The Reign have four games between Dec. 14 and the beginning of the league-wide, week-long Christmas break, so it sounds like they might get one of the two veterans back in time for those games.
- JF Berube was supposed to resume skating today. I’ll catch up with him tomorrow if he practices. I still don’t have the exact diagnosis, only that it’s not a concussion. Berube was struck in the neck with a shot in practice on Nov. 25 and hasn’t played since. He officially went on 3-day IR today.
- Philippe Seydoux hasn’t played since Nov. 13. Christie said the defenseman is still day-to-day, battling not just the lingering effects of a flu but also the lingering effects of a hit he sustained in that night’s game against Alaska (first we’ve heard of that). He was transferred to 21-day IR today.
- I thought Mike Montgomery looked a step ahead of most players on the ice Sunday, which earned him a third star for breaking up several potential Stockton scoring chances before they could start. How much did his time in the AHL help? “It was a good experience. Hopefully I can learn from it. They (the St. John’s IceCaps)
made me feel comfortable. They just ended up being healthy. I had kind
of an emergency backup role. I’m going to try to play well here and see