The AHL's Toronto Marlies are playing a road game against Syracuse as this is written.
Erstwhile Alaska Aces defenseman Corey Syvret is not in the lineup foe Toronto.
That's the fourth straight game he has not been in the lineup.
Since the Aces loaned Syvret to the Marlies last month, he has appeared in seven of the club's 15 games. Look, it's great for Syvret to be up in the AHL. That's a higher perch than the ECHL and, presumably, he's making better money.
No doubt, though, the Aces would like to have him back to augment their depth and quality as they make the late-season run to the Kelly Cup playoffs.
Syvret is on a 25-game tryout agreement with Toronto. Doesn't necessarily mean he's going to be there for that long; doesn't me he won't.
And with Aces defenseman William Wrenn loaned to the AHL's Texas Stars -- Wrenn is in the lineup tonight at Rochester -- that leaves Alaska with seven defensemen, one more than the number that ideally dress for games. So, the Aces are not hurting for bodies on the blue line. Plus, after tonight's game in Utah, they are headed home for six straight home games at Sullivan Arena. Thus, if they come up short on numbers on the blue line for whatever reason -- injuries, more loans to AHL clubs, etc. -- they can always call in former Seawolves blueliner Brad Gorham of Anchorage, who has served them well in 11 games of fill-in duty (two assists, +5 rating).
(UPDATE: And, boom, Aces coach Rob Murray in his pregame radio interview tonight said veteran defenseman Sean Curry will sit out because he "is not feeling right'' after taking a hit sometime in Monday's 6-1 Alaska win. Not positive what that means, but it smells like concussion symptoms -- of course, The Blog lacks a medical degree, as you might have guessed. In any event, the Aces will play with 5 D tonight -- maybe get a little help back there from forward Alex Hudson, if need be, Murray said on the radio).
Still, the Aces certainly would like to have Syvret, who in 32 games with them put up 1-17--18 totals and a +10 rating. Always remember, though, the ECHL is a developmental league and one of its aims is to prepare players for the next level. That's where Syvret is. For how long, though, it's anyone's guess.