Sad to See You Go, T-Bird
Posted By: Aaron Sims
Triston Grant will not be with the Milwaukee Admirals in 2010-2011. I’m saddened by that. Triston was always willing to help out with appearances for the radio show on 1250 WSSP. He was also a great guy to interview. I’ll never forget that game in Winnipeg in January 2009 when Grant took a puck off his jaw while blocking a slapshot from the point. He took his glove off, checked to see if he was bleeding, saw that he was, shook his head in disgust and skated off the ice. That may have been the single toughest thing I’ve seen in person.
Whenever players are called up, I always make it a point to try and see them before they leave and I always say something to the effect of, “I hope I don’t see you again, in a good way.” The players know what I mean. I said that to Triston at the beginning of this past season when he was recalled to Nashville. Of course, he came back to Milwaukee. Now he has the chance to stay in the NHL. With Florida rebuilding and needing guys that can skate, fight and hit, I think he’s got a heck of a chance. I hope he does.
The cool thing about working with hockey players is there aren’t many bad guys, at least I haven’t run across many. You like to see the players get a chance to succeed at the highest level. It’s awesome when good things happen to good people. Triston’s good people. I think I can speak for a LOT of folks in Milwaukee when I say I’m gonna miss you, Bird.
Former Admirals that have signed free agent deals (other than Grant): Chris Mason to Atlanta; Raitis Ivanans to Calgary; Dan Hamhuis to Vancouver and Mitch Fritz with Tampa Bay.
Here’s a guess at the players we’ll see in Milwaukee October 9th to open the 10th AHL season. I’m basing this solely on the players that are currently under contract with Nashville:
FORWARDS: Gabriel Bourque, Ryan Flynn, Blake Geoffrion, Matt Halischuk, Jani Lajunen, Linus Klasen, Mark Santorelli, Ryan Thang, Andreas Thuresson, Kelsey Wilson
DEFENSE: Jon Blum, Scott Ford, Roman Josi, Teemu Laakso
GOALIES: Anders Lindback, Chet Pickard
Obviously some others will be added. Nashville GM David Poile told The Tennessean recently that an offer is out for Nolan Yonkman to return. Also, the Predators are waiting to see how Hugh Jessiman is recovering from his offseason surgery. I still think Mark Dekanich will be back in the organization. It could be between Dex and Lindback to serve as Pekka Rinne’s backup with the Preds. I’m not sure about Mike Santorelli. He’s had a couple decent chances at making it in Nashville and it hasn’t worked out yet. The Preds have a lot of players under contract already, so I don’t know if Mike Santorelli fits in. Also, Ian McKenzie is still under contract but I’m not sure we’ll see him here. I think we’ll also see a couple familiar names on AHL deals.
Former Admirals assistant coach Chuck Weber could be the next head coach of the Rochester Americans. Weber has led ECHL Cincinnati to two of the last three titles.