After three full days away from the rink -- no games, no practices -- the Alaska Aces got back at it this morning with a practice at Sullivan Arena.
Not much to report. Goaltender Olivier Roy, recently assigned to the Aces after he was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Calgary Flames as part of an NHL deal, was absent -- the team said he returned to Oklahoma City (before the Aces, he was there with the AHL club) to gather up his belongings. (Micah Perletti of Anchorage, who has helped the Aces in training camp the last couple seasons, filled in at practice).
Defenseman James Martin took a puck in the face during a drill late in practice and left to get stitches on his chin. He won't be shaving for a while.
Many players who missed games recently were back on the ice -- Andy Taranto, Corey Syvret, Tim Coffman. Still not practicing are goalie Gerald Coleman (offseason hip surgery) and veteran defenseman Sean Curry (lower-body injury). Defenseman Zach Davies, who is out after surgery for a broken right wrist), is back skating in practice. He just can't do anything with his wrist yet, so he was just carrying a stick in his left hand (normally, if he had one hand on his stick it would be his right hand because he shoots left -- and after typing that sentence, we can only imagine some of your juvenile thoughts).
In any event, the Aces don't play again until Wednesday, when they open an eight-game road trip with a game at Colorado. With travel, that's a 20-day trip for the Aces. who hit Colorado (two games), Utah (three games) and Idaho (three games), then begin an eight-game homestand with a series against Utah that opens on Dec. 18.