Aces: Skelly released

Doyle Woody,Adn Staff

The Alaska Aces released winger Shawn Skelly today to trim their surplus of forwards -- granted, five of the 15 still around are injured.

Skelly in 28 games put up 5-9--14 totals and a +2 rating, not bad for a guy who was sometimes the 10th forward and thus did not get big minutes.

That leaves the Aces with 10 healthy forwards, the number usually dressed for a game, heading into Saturday's game at Ontario, which is the opener of three games in three days on a quick road trip.

Also, still out injured are forwards Jordan Kremyr, Ross Ring-Jarvi, Tim Coffman, Eli Zuck and David Eddy.

If many of those guys become healthy enough to play soon, the Aces are going to have to clear more players from their roster.

Including injured players, the Aces by The Blog's count currently have 26 guys around -- 15 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders. If everyone was healthy -- note that defensemen James Martin and Corey Syvret are injured -- that's at least three more forwards than needed and at least one more defenseman than needed.

But players cannot be released when they are injured, so the Aces, who like all ECHL clubs can only have 20 players on their active roster, have a lot of salaries on their plate at the moment.