Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Wheat Kings' Notebook

Paul Ciarelli - recovering from minor leg injury
The Wheat Kings practiced Monday in preparation for their regular season opener in Moose Jaw on Thursday night.

Centre Jason Swyripa missed practice as he continues to recover from a blow to the head in last Wednesday's pre-season game while Paul Ciarelli was out with a leg injury.

Both players are day-to-day.

Meanwhile, there's good news for forward Brenden Walker.

He's been cleared to begin off-ice workouts as he tries to return from a concussion suffered last March.

The Wheat Kings also announced on their website Monday that they've surpassed the 2,800 mark in season tickets sold for the upcoming season.

Other notes from what turned out to be a very busy Monday:

- according to capgeek.com, Mark Stone's contract is worth $1.89 million ($65,000 per season in the AHL) with a $240,000 signing bonus.  Stone, BTW, saw 11:11 of ice time, was pointless and took a hooking penalty in Ottawa's 4-2 loss to Toronto in NHL pre-season action on Monday night.

- the Edmonton Oilers have assigned former Wheat Kings' forward Toni Rajala back to Ilves Tampere of the Finnish Elite League.

- plenty of Wheat Kings in NHL pre-season action on Tuesday night. Shayne Wiebe (Jets) and Matt Calvert (Blue Jackets) go head-to-head in Winnipeg, Michael Ferland plays for a Calgary Flames split squad in Vancouver and David Toews joins brother Jonathan in Chicago's lineup for a pre-season game against Edmonton in Saskatoon.

- After a year in the KHL, Brandon product Brock Trotter is hoping to make his mark with the Montreal Canadiens. There's a feature on Trotter on the Habs website. You can read it by clicking here.

- Chicago Blackhawks' captain Jonathan Toews talked about brother, former Wheat King David, being in camp with Chicago and being his roomate. The video is here.

- WHL grads are utilizing their scholarship money with the Calgary Dinos, including former Wheat Kings' goaltender Jacob De Serres. SHAW did a feature that is posted on the WHL website.

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