A couple of points, if you don't have time to check it out:
* Jackets Assistant GM Chris MacFarland reached out to Lebda, and was responsible for the signing.
* Alexandre Giroux will be reunited on the first line with Martin St. Pierre and Ryan Russell
* Coach Rob Riley on the Jackets' rocky start:
"They’re getting some key guys back from injury. Give them a chance to play at full strength."
The Falcons opponent this Friday night, the Portland Pirates, get a dose of reality today as they take on the Manchester Monarchs in an 11AM game in Manchester.
Some of the teams in the "A" schedule 11AM starts once or twice a year, so schools can bring their students to the game as a field trip. Not like any field trip that I remember, that's for sure!
At least this game will be skated in Manchester, hopefully avoiding the horror that some parents felt after last March's Pirates - Sharks tilt in Portland.
Worse yet, Kevin Dineen (coach of the Pirates at that time), apologized. For fights. In a hockey game.
Manchester Monarchs right wing Jordan Nolan has been suspended for two (2) games as a consequence of an elbowing incident in a game vs. Providence on Nov. 4.
One last stat from Saturday in Philly: (also from the AHL)
On recall from Adirondack, 2011 AHL All-Rookie defenseman Erik Gustafsson logged a team-high 23:00 of ice time and was a plus-6 in Philadelphia’s 9-2 win over Columbus on Nov. 5.