Looks like Olivier Roy is The Man now.
That's because Mark Guggenberger, who was second-team All-ECHL for the Alaska Aces last season, has left the team and signed with the Central Hockey League's Allen Americans.
The Aces have suspended Guggenberger -- that's so they can protect his ECHL rights, which they own.
With the affiliate Calgary Flames initially sending Joni Ortio and Laurent Brossoit to the Aces at different times earlier in the season, and now Roy with the Aces after Calgary acquired him in a trade, the guess here is Guggenberger saw he was going to be a back-up behind a guy under NHL contract.
Also, don't forget that Aces veteran Gerald Coleman is still in the mix in some manner. He has not yet played this season after offseason hip surgery and has not progressed as quickly as the thought -- before the season started, he anticipated being back in action by this date.
In any event, the Aces thus embark on an eight-game roadie that opens Wednesday in Colorado with just one goalie -- Roy.
Aces coach Rob Murray, reached by cellphone in Colorado tonight, said: "He just jumped ship, abandoned the team. He felt he wasn’t going to get enough of a shot here, so he went back to the Central league.’’
Murray said Tate Maris of Denver, a former walk-on at North Dakota, where he was teammates with current Aces winger Evan Trupp of Anchorage, will serve as Alaska's emergency back-up goalie Wednesday in Colorado.
Guggenberger, 24, joins at Allen team that sits tied for second place in the 10-team CHL and is the circuit's defending champion. Allen plays a road game Wednesday against the Arizona Sundogs.
“I’m really excited to be here,” Guggenberger said in an CHL press release Tuesday. “I enjoyed my time in Alaska, but this was the right move for me now. I will be ready to go (Wednesday) night.”
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com