Game 41: Pre-Game Notes

7:15 PM — Eric Baier, Tyler Hostetter and J.S. Berube are wearing the A’s tonight…

6:30 PM — Titans lines are…




6:20 PM — Game pushed back 15-20 minutes due to an official being stuck in the snow.  Not making that one up.

5:30 PM — Gentry Zollars was the odd man out once Chad Langlais was signed, but it seems he’ll be playing in Trenton tomorrow night after all.  For Wheeling that is.  Zollars was dealt to the Nailers this afternoon, and will presumably just stay here and go the visiting locker room tomorrow. It’ll be the third different jersey he’ll wear in this building this season.

Andy Bohmbach and Brad Peltz — both with the dreaded “upper-body injuries” — were put on reserve, while Paul Lee was taken off, presumably to play tonight.

4:40 PM — Jesse Todd will wear #32 for Trenton whenever he plays…might be tonight, might not be tonight.  Won’t know until Daryle Dobos talks to Williams and the scratches are provided.  Scott Wedgewood will start in net, that I do know.  Joe Fallon opposes him.

12:05 PM — Niko Hovinen is on the move, and TSN is on it.  After yesterday’s report by Bob McKenzie that the Flyers had placed the Finnish netminder on waivers, Darren Dreger reports today that the Edmonton Oilers have claimed him and put Mark Dekanich on waivers.  Hovinen will likely end up in Stockton, unless they decide to send either Olivier Roy or Tyler Bunz down while Nikolai Khabibulin is injured.

Anyway, Titans news.  Chad Langlais is here.  The 26-year-old defenseman had been playing for the CHL’s Arizona Sundogs, where he put up a 1-13-14 line in 27 games.  A former Michigan Wolverine, the first thing that stood out to me about Langlais is that he’s pretty undersized, and the vitals tell the tale: 5-foot-9, 171 pounds.  But he’ll wear #10, and a defenseman is likely headed out of town to accommodate him.

“It’s a tough market right now for defensemen,” said Titans head coach Vince Williams.  “I think there were a lot of teams interested in him, and we were able to get him.  It’s similar to the Pallis situation, or Ullrich, but at the same time, finding a defenseman is one of the hardest things to do right now.  He had a good career at Michigan, the kid can skate and move the puck and can play on the power play.  To get him was a pretty good find.  You can’t have enough defenseman.”

Andy Bohmbach did not skate with the team, and although Williams would not confirm it, the captain has had concussion-like symptoms after being hit by Andrew Conboy last weekend.

“He’s day-to-day,” said Williams, who would only concede to an upper-body injury.  “He feels better, he feels fine…obviously, you have to handle these things very carefully.  But the good news is, he feels good.”

Jesse Todd did not skate with the team either, but that’s only because he arrived early this morning after a redeye flight.  He may still play tonight despite not having even practiced with the team.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT


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