No shortage of news out of Alaska Aces practice this morning, with players headed in both directions.
Defenseman Corey Syvret has been loaned to AHL Toronto, and that means two of the Aces' blueliners are up in the A -- Kane Lafranchise remains with Oklahoma City after playing three games for the Barons over the weekend.
Also headed out is veteran winger Matt Robinson, who was the odd-man out when the Aces had their four NHL veteran forwards from Anchorage. Coach Rob Murray said Robinson is headed back to CHL Wichita, where he shined last season. Hope to catch up with Robinson later.
On the addition side, veteran defenseman/captain Steve Ward will be back in the lineup Wednesday, when the Aces entertain Ontario, after missing 33 games with a broken right leg (suffered blocking a shot) that required surgery.
Also, veteran defenseman Sean Curry will be back in the lineup Wednesday after missing four games with an upper-body injury.
And winger Jordan Kremyr, who has missed 23 games with an upper-body injury, was back practicing today and could be back in the lineup as early as Friday night vs. Ontario, according to Murray. Also back on the ice today was winger Tommy Mele, who has missed 16 games following thumb surgery. He's still a ways from returning.
Murray said the Aces on Wednesday will likely use local forward Merit Waldrop and local defenseman Brad Gorham. Gorham, who has played eight games for the Aces, practiced this morning. Waldrop has played five games for the club this season.
All in all, the Aces should have a full lineup of 16 skaters on Wednesday.
Lastly, NHLers Joey Crabb and Brandon Dubinsky got in one last skate with the team this morning before they head off to their NHL destinations -- Washington for Crabb, Columbus for Dubinsky.
"Sad, sad day,'' Crabb said. "I didn't want to get off the ice.''
Almost forgot, one more thing: Don't sweat it if you see that the NHLers and Robinson have been suspended by the Aces -- that simply allows the Aces to maintain their ECHL rights to those players. It's basically just paperwork.
Look for more on all these developments Wednesday in the dead-trees edition of the ADN.