Crazy times in North American hockey, with players constantly on the move the last week-plus following the end of the NHL lockout, and the trickle-down from the NHL to the AHL to the ECHL making for thin rosters on the bottom end of the ladder.
The ECHL-leading Alaska Aces are not immune -- they've lost two more players. (And that's not counting forward Chris Clackson, who has been suspended one more game by the ECHL for his cross-checking major penalty against Ontario last Friday -- Clackson sat Saturday as the first game of a suspension and now it has been settled his full penalty is two games suspended. He'll sit Friday night in Idaho to complete the suspension).
Defenseman Alain Goulet was traded to Orlando to complete the "futures'' part of the Alexandre Imbeault acquisition earlier this season. And rookie defenseman William Wrenn was loanded to AHL Worcester, the farm team of the San Jose Sharks.
Aces coach Rob Murray said that part of the deal with Orlando was that Murray could protect 10 of his rostered players and Orlando could pick from among guys not protected. Apparently, the Solar Bears are short on the back end. Goulet has played both defense and forward for the Aces. He was brought in early in the season when the Aces were decimated with injuries on the back line.
Wrenn, of Anchorage, is a second-round draft pick of the Sharks and the Aces skater selected for next week's ECHL All-Star Game in Colorado. He's put up 5-13--18 totals and a +4 rating in 40 games for the Aces. This is his first gig in the AHL (other than training camp in Worcester), so that's a nice reward for his steady play so far in his first pro season.
Murray said he will sign defenseman Mike Baran, a rookie with the SPHL's Mississippi RiverKings who will meet the Aces in Idaho -- they open a three-game road trip there Friday. The coach seems confident he is going to be able to find a couple of other forwards for temporary duty too.
Look for more on all these developments in Wednesday's dead-trees edition of the ADN or later tonight at adn.com